Media release: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport joins Supplier Development Programme


THE Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has welcomed Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) as an affiliate member today, 1 April 2020.

In joining SDP, SPT will place engagement with more than 16,000 SDP-registered micro, small, medium and supported businesses across Scotland at the heart of procurement for transport planning, operations and project delivery for the region.

Kenny Govan, SPT senior procurement officer, said:

“SPT is delighted to join the Supplier Development Programme and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.

“The crucial services that SPT commissions through Public Contracts Scotland, particularly those within the bus industry, are delivered by large numbers of small and micro enterprises that sometimes have limited tendering experience.

“SPT hopes that this new relationship with SDP will offer these companies the chance to greatly enhance their capabilities, become more competitive and to grow their business by winning a bigger share of the contracts offered by SPT and other buyers in the public sector.”

Gillian Cameron, Supplier Development Programme manager, said:

“SPT has previously engaged with thousands of suppliers through SDP’s annual Meet the Buyer event with great success, and passenger transport is an area of procurement that depends heavily on proactive relationships with suppliers.

“It also integrates with local authority commitments, and SDP will continue to facilitate this interaction to ensure that Scottish SMEs and supported businesses are best placed to find, win and keep public sector contracts.”


Notes for editors:

  • SDP is a publicly-funded partnership led by all 32 Scottish local authorities, working in conjunction with Scottish Government and other public bodies, to bring Scottish SMEs support in all aspects of tendering. By assisting businesses to become tender ready for public procurement, SDP improves all-round efficiency, sustainability and market potential.
  • In Scotland, there is an annual public spend of £11billion. In the UK, there is an annual public spend of £240billion. SDP Scotland offers free training throughout Scotland to Scottish SMEs to support and champion them tendering for this work.

Membership of SDP provides:

* early market awareness and promotion of potential tender/supply chain opportunities;

* support at the organisation’s tender-related supplier engagement events;

* additional participation in the organisation’s tender and supply chain opportunities; and

* assistance to organisations to promote the availability of the Supplier Development Programme’s free procurement training to the organisation’s supply base.

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