News and Updates

Supplier Relief Extended - 17 June 2020

The Supplier Relief measure has been extended following consultation with suppliers, businesses and Scottish public bodies.  This extension comes into effect on 1 July 2020. 

Supplier Relief provides guidance to public bodies on the options available to support their suppliers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak under existing contracts. 

Further details about the extension can be found in Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) 8/2020 which is in addition to the original SPPN 5/2020.  These SPPN's will be kept under review.

Further advice can be found on COVID-19 support packages available to businesses and their employees, including details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

ESPD Supplier Journey Updates - 27 May 2020 

The Supplier Journey has been updated to include an ESPD section which, for ease of use and access, can now be found at the top of every Supplier Journey page.

This new section includes:

  • guidance
  • an ESPD summary 
  • hints
  • an ESPD summary diagram
  • ESPD FAQs

29 May 2020 - Meet the Buyer Event PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) are running a live virtual Meet the Buyer event on Tuesday 2 June 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. This includes Twitter sessions with public sector buyers and training webinars.

To find out more and to register (free) for the event please go to:

https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/events/meet-the-buyer-2020-live-virtual-event-1022/

21 May 2020 - COVID-19 Help and Support

Specific Corona (COVID-19) advice can be found in several ways.  Please see below:

Health advice

Health advice can be found on: NHS Inform.

A free helpline can give advice if you do not have symptoms, but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816.

The latest information and advice for professionals and organisations is on the Health Protection Scotland website.

Business Advice

If you run a business you can get advice on the Corona (COVID-19) outbreak by calling the helpline: 0300 303 0660. 

This helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option 1 to speak to the COVID-19 team.

The Find Business Support website gives the latest information and advice.   This includes topics such as: how to apply for a Business Interruptioi Scheme Loan; how to provide testing kits; and relaxation of drivers hours rule.

Benefits and Employment Rights 

Advice about benefits and employment rights is on Citizens Advice Scotland.

Help your Community and Volunteering Advice

Information on how to help your community is on the Ready Scotland website.

General Advice and Support

General advice and support can be procided by the organisations and agencies detailed in the following: https://www.supplierjourney.scot/support-available

20 May 2020 - Scottish Government and Supplier Development Programme Launch Survey on Supplier Relief

Scottish Government and Supplier Development Programme Launch Survey on Supplier Relief.

With the support of the Scottish Government, the Supplier Development Programme has launched a survey on the effects of Supplier Relief. Suppliers in Scotland, especially small, medium and micro sized businesses, can fill in a short survey to share their experience of supplier relief with public sector buyers during the Coronavirus crisis so far.

Access to the survey and further information can be found here.

Please visit www.sdpscotland.co.uk for more information.

For media enquiries, contact info@sdpscotland.co.uk

Source: SDP

18 March 2020 - Supplier Journey Development

Further to the launch of this Supplier Journey website in June 2019, further developments have now been added to the Supplier Journey.  These include:

  • including navigation menus at the top of each page to allow easier and quicker access to the information you want
  • updated functionality.  Documents and other tools i.e. checklists and quickfire guides, have been added
  • Improved filtering and search functionality e.g. in the Document Library
  • Improved look and feel

All changes are in line with accessibility regulations.

10 May 2019 - Financial Support and Advice for Brexit

Financial support and advice to help small to medium enterprise in Scotland Prepare for brexit is available at the following: Prepare for Brexit website.

8 November 2018: Fair Work Action Plan Survey PLEASE NOTE: THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

You are invited to complete the Fair Work Action Plan survey.

The Scottish Government is interested in the views of employers, including suppliers and potential suppliers of Scottish public contracts, to have a voice in helping how to embed Fair Work practices into workplaces by 2025.

 The closing date for responses is Friday 30th November 2018. 

18 September 2018 - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The Supplier Journey was updated to include guidance on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

18 September 2018 - Supplier Journey GO Award Nomination

The Supplier Journey has been selected as a finalist in the Procurement Innovation of the Year Award category in the upcoming GO Awards Scotland 2018/19. Thank you to everyone for your contributions and support!