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Local businesses encouraged to 'Meet the Buyer'
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Local businesses encouraged to 'Meet the Buyer'

Posted on 16 Apr 2021

Buyers and sellers across North Ayrshire are being invited to come together for a special virtual event later this month.

The free ‘Meet the Buyer’ online event – organised by the three Ayrshire Councils and the Supplier Development Programme - will take place on Wednesday 28 April at 9:30am-2:30pm. 

Its aim is to bring both sides of the procurement process together so that local businesses can speak directly to purchasers and decision makers from the public sector and large private organisations. 

This will help SMEs better understand the tendering process and how to improve their chances of success when bidding for contracts.

North Ayrshire Council launched a new Community Wealth Building strategy last year which sets out a bold and fresh approach to rebuilding the local economy with local people, local businesses, local spending and local jobs at its heart. One of the aims of the new economic strategy is to support more local procurement and the Meet the Buyer event provides a good opportunity for local businesses to find out about support that is available in this aspect.

During the event, a presentation will be given by energy giant, Vattenfall UK, and civil engineering firm, RJ McLeod, on the opportunities available related to a renewables project at South Kyle Wind Farm. They are particularly keen to maximise opportunities for micro and small businesses, including those from the Third Sector, in Ayrshire - from local food and drink and cleaning businesses right through to civil contractors, portable cabin manufacturers and crane operators.

They are also interested in speaking to garages for vehicle services and MOTs, electricians, plumbers, mobile blacksmiths, agricultural suppliers, timer mills, builder merchants, specialist equipment hire, tool suppliers, straw suppliers, accommodation, plant hire and more.

Attendance is welcome from a wide range of companies from diverse backgrounds.

Caitriona McAuley, Head of Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “Supporting local businesses and helping them grow has always been a priority for us. However, it is more vital now than it has even been due to the challenges our businesses have faced over the past year and the economic fallout of Covid-19.

“That’s why this Meet the Buyer event is so important – it can be to the benefit of us all as we actively promote business in this way and share our expertise across the public and private sectors.

“We would strongly encourage our local business based to sign up and tune into the event.”

Places are free, but registration is required and can be done on the Supplier Development Programme website.