There are various supplier development initiatives available to businesses within the Falkirk area to increase their knowledge and understanding of procurement.

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Falkirk Council Procurement Clinics

A support service is offered to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based within the Falkirk Council area who would like to contract with the Council and are looking for procurement guidance and advice.

Officers from the Corporate Procurement Unit are available to host online procurement clinics in relation to the delivery of supplies and services, and Officers from the Council's Place Services can host clinics relating to the delivery of works.

Appointments are free of charge and can be requested by sending an email to providing the following information:

  • Name of your business / organisation
  • Nature of supply / service / work delivered by your business / organisation
  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number
  • Address of your business / organisation
  • What you would like to gain by attending a procurement clinic appointment

Falkirk Business Gateway

Business Gateway in Falkirk offers businesses practical help and guidance. Whether you're starting up or growing a business, Falkirk's Business Gateway provides access to publicly funded business support services:

  • Preparation of a business plan
  • Understanding business finance and cash flows
  • Ways to market your business
  • Access to workshops
  • Access to specialist support
  • Access to networking opportunities

A dedicated team of specialists can also provide support covering the follow business topics:

  • Marketing
  • Information technology
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Leadership and Organisational development
  • Digital media solutions
  • Environmental
  • HR
  • Innovation
  • Internationalisation

Supplier Development Programme

We take an active role in the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). The SDP offers support to Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations interested in working with the public sector. The SDP can offer free of charge events and expert training, guidance and information to help businesses grow.

The SDP also arranges 'Meet the Buyer' events throughout Scotland which are attended by public sector organisations offering advice to SMEs. Suppliers can register with the SDP via their website for regular updates on events. They can also be followed on Twitter.