The Business Panel+ Christmas Social Event
Forth Valley local authorities join forces to procure best results The Supplier Development Programme is a Scotland-wide initiative aimed at helping businesses to tender for and secure contracts with public sector bodies. Falkirk Council has now been joined as partners by both Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, who launched their memberships this autumn.
Stirling launched their membership with an event on November 28th at Stirling Enterprise, John Player Building and Councillor Scott Farmer, deputy leader of Stirling Council is enthusiastic about becoming involved in the programme. He said, "I'm delighted that Stirling is now a partner in the Supplier Development Programme. Our businesses will now be more prepared to tender for, and win exciting contract opportunities with the public sector." Joint events will begin in 2012 with a range of workshops and seminars across Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. Dates to be confirmed, please check SDP website www.sdpscotland.co.uk for further announcements!
Built in the 14th Century Callendar House is set in 500 acres of parkland and woodland, and is a major heritage centre in the area with museums, a fully operational Georgian kitchen and magnificent reception rooms in which the Business Panel event will be held. In previous years guests have been entertained by a string quartet drawn from senior pupils in local high schools and the whole event has a relaxed and festive feel to it. Business Engagement Manager Michelle McKearnon said, “The Christmas event is a chance for us to invite local businesses who have worked with us and supported us over the past year. It’s a chance for us to say thank you, and to offer our guests a networking event which is a little bit different.” The social evening will take place on December 14th, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm but due to restrictions on numbers, is an invitation-only event.
Issue 3 • December 2011
Clackmannanshire hosted a launch event for their local businesses on November 17th at Alloa Town Hall and Councillor Eddie Carrick commented, “This partnership with our neighbours in Stirling and Falkirk will create even wider opportunities for local firms to do business with the public sector and secure contracts. I would urge all local businesses to sign up to the Supplier Development Programme.”
Callendar House will once again be the chosen venue for the Falkirk Business Panel Christmas Social event. This is a chance for Business Panel Plus members, strategic partners, advertisers in InCommerce and invited guests of Falkirk Council and Falkirk for Business to network over a glass of wine and canapés in a wonderful setting.
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The three authorities will now be able to work together to put on joint SDP events in a range of venues across the Forth Valley, creating wider opportunities for local businesses to participate in procurement training and to network more effectively with each other.
Published on Dec 1, 2011