£40 million of support is now available to support businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions. You can apply for funding at any time online until 5 p.m. on 3 November 2020.
£20 million of this support will be administered by local authorities. You can apply for these grants through your local authority website.
A change has been made to Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) that now allows buyers to award different lots in the same procurement exercise at different times. This can now be done by publishing different contract award notices rather than the previous one notice for all lots.
An example where this may happen is where one lot in a procurement exercise has not received any bids but the other lots have. In such a case the buyer can now proceed with awarding the lots which received bids.
The name of the Cyber Security Assessment Service tool has been changed to the Cyber Security Procurement Support Tool. This is a name change only.
If you think you could supply PPE to help support the response to COVID-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details about what you could offer.
There is no guarantee of work but all emails will receive a response.
The Supplier Development Programme are running a Meet the Buyer North event on 2nd September from 10 a.m. You can register here.
Guidance has been published to help micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies safely re-open. This includes four steps to take before and after re-opening.
This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published. If your business is in a sector for which specific sector guidance has been published then you should follow that.
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.
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:
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:
Specific Corona (COVID-19) advice can be found in several ways. Please see below:
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.
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
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.
Please visit www.sdpscotland.co.uk for more information.
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Further to the launch of this Supplier Journey website in June 2019, further developments have now been added to the Supplier Journey. These include:
All changes are in line with accessibility regulations.
Financial support and advice to help small to medium enterprise in Scotland Prepare for brexit is available at the following: Prepare for Brexit website.
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.
The Supplier Journey was updated to include guidance on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
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!