Supporters

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise supports B2B Scotland 2012 as an opportunity for businesses to learn from key industry experts and network with peers from a range of sectors.

As well as helping businesses cultivate new relationships, the event helps explore new routes to market and opportunities for sustainable growth both in the UK and abroad.

Developing a business internationally can be one of the best ways of growing and advisors will be on hand to talk about Smart Exporter – an international trade skills programme run by Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Chambers International – as well as the other help available to businesses looking to export.

The conference is another opportunity for public sector partners to work together to provide access to help and information to Scottish businesses looking to start up, grow or improve in some way and Scottish Enterprise is pleased to be working alongside Business Gateway at B2B Scotland 2012.


Business Gateway

Business Gateway gives businesses practical help and guidance, contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to publicly funded business support services to people starting up or growing their businesses. We offer a range of professional resources, support and tools to help businesses learn new skills, create new opportunities and develop strategies for sustainable growth by providing:

We also have strong partnerships with a wide variety of professional organisations to ensure clients receive the best possible advice to match their business ambitions.

Visit www.yourbusinessgateway.co.uk for more information.


Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce (ECC) is the voice of business in Edinburgh and the Lothians, helping member companies grow, prosper and cut costs. With a network of over 2000 members, ECC offers business development support and assistance to businesses from all sectors and of all sizes, from start-ups to large, global corporations. With strong links to the City of Edinburgh Council as well as local and national government and media, ECC is uniquely positioned to advocate the interests of the Edinburgh business community and provide practical, hands-on support for its members as well as other companies in the region. For more information about the Edinburgh Chamber, go to www.edinburghchamber.co.uk or call 0131 221 2981.


Supplier Development Programme

Do you find tendering for contracts with the public sector confusing? Would you like support and advice to assist your business in all aspects of procurement?

The Supplier Development Programme helps businesses to improve their performance in tendering for and winning contracts with public sector organisations. The programme offers information and support covering procurement issues and helps to unravel the tendering process. Assistance is provided via:

To access the full range of support, simply register your business details at: www.sdpscotland.co.uk

For further information, contact sdp@drs.glasgow.gov.uk or 0141 287 7251.


BCS

Launched in 2009, BusinessClub Scotland is an initiative to help Scotlandís business community capitalise on the country’s ambitious events programme. The development of a club unique to Scotland was one of the key elements in the bid to bring the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow.

Supported by the Scottish Government and the country’s leading business organisations and working closely with Scottish Enterprise and EventScotland, BusinessClub Scotland works to ensure that Scottish companies are supported, engaged and business-ready to win contracts generated by Scotland’s current and planned investment in major events.

Commonwealth Games Legacy Plans – BusinessClub Scotland has played a key role in the development of the business legacy plans for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at both a Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council level. BusinessClub Scotland is written into both legacy documents as a key deliverer of the economic benefits from the Games.

Membership – BusinessClub Scotland is free for companies to register and is Scotland-wide. We will keep your business up to date on the latest contract opportunities, networking events and news through our regular eBlasts. You will also have the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and potentially do business with other BusinessClub Scotland members. Register with BusinessClub Scotland now at www.businessclubscotland.co.uk


The Glasgow Business Portal

In November 2007 Glasgow was awarded the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. To ensure a lasting economic legacy, the Council wanted to ensure that companies of all shapes and sizes were given the opportunity to compete for contracts related to the Games.

The Commonwealth Games Business Portal has advertised hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business opportunities since its launch in October 2009, with almost 80% of those contracts awarded to Glasgow and wider Scottish companies.

Building on this success, Glasgow City Council has been working with public and private sector partners to maximise the business opportunities available to local companies outwith the Games. This has resulted in the development of the Glasgow Business Portal, advertising business opportunities across a range of projects including the New South Glasgow Hospital, Glasgow School of Art Phase 1 and 188 Buchanan Street.

Through one simple registration, the portal will continue to be a business-matching service that publishes both public and private sector contract opportunities.