Business Lunch – Reduce your business energy costs and cut waste

Resource Efficient Scotland will give an overview of the support they have on offer to help your business achieve energy and waste reductions. One fantastic fund on offer from Resource Efficient Scotland is the SME Loan Fund which currently has 15% cash back. Come along to learn how it could benefit your business.

 

Organisers of the event, Fife Council and Green Business Fife, are also looking to engage with businesses within the Levenmouth area as part of a pilot Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES). This will help plan for energy demand reduction and heat decarbonisation of buildings across their area, rolling out costed phased delivery programmes across all sectors.

 

As part of the Strategy, business energy use and building characteristic data will be gathered to improve national non-domestic energy data (heat map) to help in the development of future energy infrastructure. Challenges or gaps for businesses in taking forward energy efficiency measures also need to be identified. Businesses are invited to input to this so accurate data is submitted to help prepare for future plans. Please email info@greenbusinessfife.co.uk if you can help with the business energy use data.

Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability

Sustainable procurement is a vital element of public sector procurement.  As well as environmental issues it also includes social issues such as equality and diversity, and fair and ethical trading, plus economic issues including opportunities for SMEs and the third sector.

 

This event is suitable for SMEs and third sector organisations who have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (ie who have completed Level 1 of the Supplier Development Programme courses or have equivalent experience).

 

Attendance at this event is free for organisations registered with the Supplier Development Programme – join now, registration is free.

 

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Improving Your Bid Score

Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for.  This workshop will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations and ensure that you’re winning points.

 

This event is suitable for SMEs and third sector organisations who have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (ie who have completed Level 1 of the Supplier Development Programme courses or have equivalent experience).

 

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It’s free to attend if you’ve registered with the Supplier Development Programme – join now, it’s free!

Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement.  This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.

 

A speaker from Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, will be in attendance at this event to discuss their framework contracts and how they work with SMEs in Scotland.

 

This event is suitable for SMEs and third sector organisations who have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (ie who have completed Level 1 of the Supplier Development Programme courses or have equivalent experience).

 

Attendance at this event is free for organisations registered with the Supplier Development Programme – join now, registration is free.

 

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Tender Procedures and the ESPD

The first half of this intermediate-level workshop covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales.

 

The second half deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), fomerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

 

This event is suitable for SMEs and third sector organisations who have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (ie who have completed Level 1 of the Supplier Development Programme courses or have equivalent experience).

 

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It’s free to attend if you’ve registered with the Supplier Development Programme – join now, it’s free!

Using PCS and other portals

Public Contracts Scotland is the national public sector tender portal for Scotland. It lists contract opportunities for all public sector bodies and has a “Quick Quote” function for lower value contracts.

 

This level one workshop will help ensure you are comfortable using this site as well as other portals throughout the UK and Europe,

 

Attendance is free for Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register now – it’s free!

 

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Introduction to tendering

This Level 1 course takes you through the tender process from start to finish.

 

From finding contracts, responding to opportunities, the selection stage, award criteria and debriefing, this comprehensive beginner-level course will tell you everything you need to know to start bidding for public contracts.

 

Attendance is free to Scottish SMEs and third sector organisatons who are registered with the Supplier Development ProgrammeJoin now – it’s free!

 

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Introduction to working with the public sector

How well do you know the public sector? This introductory, level one. module is recommended for anyone new to bidding.  It provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the concept of tendering and procurement.

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Attendance is free to Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations registered with the Supplier Development ProgrammeJoin now – registration is free!

Technical Export Training

The importance of understanding and correctly completing export documentation is crucial for any business trading internationally.  Any delay in getting the goods to your customer seriously effects your reputation and the increased costs have an influence on your profit margins.

 

This one-day course provides an in-depth look at export processes and requirements, giving delegates a more detailed view of the exporting processes.

 

The day will deliver an end-to-end guide to exporting, from the initial enquiry, through contractual and legislative requirements, concluding with securing payment.

 

The course is aimed at managers and staff in the accounts, export sales and logistic departments.

 

Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

The event is part of a programme of workshops and training being delivered by Fife Council Economic Development, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway Fife and Scottish Development International to support businesses to access new markets.

 

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