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Forest Enterprise Scotland has a broad and valued range of suppliers, many of which are small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. We are also very proud of our support for rural economies through our work in rural and often remote parts of Scotland.

To extend our support for our suppliers we have engaged with a public sector programme called the Supplier Development Programme.

The Supplier Development Programme offers a range of free support and training for all suppliers to learn how to tender for and improve their opportunities to win public sector work.

Forest Enterprise Scotland have now exhibited at two ‘meet the buyer’ events, which give small businesses unprecedented access to buyers from across the public and private sector, as well as training and support to improve prospects when tendering for public sector work. You can see what to expect at these events by watching a short video filmed by the organisers.

Several people gathered talking at a conference event with different booths and stalls

At both events we were able to directly support forestry suppliers, with information about future tenders and how and where to look for our work on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS).

Our next steps are to work with the Supplier Development Programme to explore specific training events for forestry suppliers and forge links with public sector Economic Development Officers across Scotland through the SDP network.

If you’re a Scottish SME or 3rd sector organisation interested in working with the public sector, the Supplier Development Programme can provide free help and support.