Local businesses are being reminded about the Council’s forthcoming ‘Meet the Buyer’ day – as the final programme for the event is announced.
Two additional workshops added to the programme will provide information about opportunities in social care and childcare provision.
The event, being run by the Council and Business Gateway Orkney will give businesses a chance to find out more about working with the public sector and give public sector organisations a chance to network with potential suppliers.
The social care provision workshop is being led by Orkney Health and Care. The recent introduction of self-directed support means that service users now demand more choice and control over how their support packages and services are delivered. This provides a great opportunity for potential service suppliers from amongst the third and private sectors to develop ground-breaking services that people will want to buy and use. The workshop, hosted by Des McCart from Health Improvement Scotland, will look to investigate how the Council and potential service suppliers can work together to develop services that the statutory authorities and service users wish to use.
The childminding and early years workshop is for anyone who is considering becoming a childminder, or for existing childminders. Early Learning and Childcare is undergoing a significant expansion, with the aim of developing high quality, flexible, accessible and affordable provision by 2020. The workshop will provide a discussion on possible partnership opportunities and useful resources for prospective childminders.
Other topics to be covered at the event include details of future contract opportunities and the launch of a consultation on the Council’s Sustainable Procurement Policy.
The event takes place on 5 October in the Orkney Library and Archive in Kirkwall. To find out more about the event contact Business Gateway Orkney on 01856886666. You can book a space at the event online at Eventbrite.