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Supplier Development Programme

STEP operates The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) across the Stirling area. SDP is a business growth initiative which in partnership with Scottish Councils delivers a range of business support that includes assisting businesses to become more capable when competing for public sector contracts. With a public sector spend of over £9 billion, the SDP aims to assist SMEs improve their performance in winning contracts with public sector organisations. We offer information, support and training events to help unravel the tendering process.

No matter what your tendering experience, we have support at three different levels: Companies are encouraged to self select what support is appropriate to them and this could be from Level 1, 2 or 3. See below:

Level 1  This level is designed to help companies and third sector organisations decide if tendering is for them and if so how to go about becoming ‘tender ready’.

Level 2  This level of training and support is for companies and third sector organisations that have had a little experience of tendering and would like to become more competitive.

Level 3 is for companies and third sector organisations that have had success in winning contracts but are looking to explore new markets and opportunities within the procurement landscape.

Companies and third sector organisations do not need to stick to one level. They can pick and choose across the levels to suit their own individual business needs.

Member SMEs and third sector organisations can attend any training event in any partner area.

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