Various organisations hold face-to-face events and training sessions throughout the year to support suppliers. Some examples are given below, but it is a good idea to register with these organisations to ensure you receive up-to-date information on scheduled events. You can also refer directly to public sector body websites on a regular basis to keep up-to-date.
Some of these events and training sessions are free and some have a cost associated with them.
Sometimes supplier events are held at which a number of public sector bodies are in attendance and available to speak with suppliers regarding opportunities in general, or regarding a specific large tender or project:
- The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) holds an annual Meet the Buyer event, where procurement officers are on hand to meet suppliers and presentations are held on specific subjects;
- Procurement Officers may hold specific events regarding a tender or project e.g. City Deal. For a specific tender they may hold a Supplier Day early in the process to gather more information to scope their procurement exercise. Later on, a Supplier Day may be used to communicate more information on an upcoming tender to suppliers.