Supplier Development Programme
Design/Coding | www.sdpscotland.co.uk
We were delighted to win a tender to redevelop the website for the Supplier Development Programme.
SDP is an organisation that offers training and supports to SMEs interested in working with the public sector. It’s a partnership of Scotland’s local authorities, the Scottish Government and other public bodies.
With £240bn spent by the public sector each year in the UK, it’s definitely a market worth exploring.
At fuzzylime we actually attended some SDP courses a few years ago to help us with our own tenders and we were delighted when the work came in useful, both on other projects and on this one!
The site itself is a very large and custom development. It includes a vast number of events, both upcoming and in the past, as well as a directory of suppliers from across the country. Members need to be able to sign up, register for events, update their details, view copies of presentations after events they’ve attended and much more.
We sourced simple-to-use solutions wherever possible for the site. For example, on registration, users enter their postcode and their address details – and local authority – are filled in automatically from there.
Reps from each local authority, and trainers, are also able to sign in to access bespoke portals giving them access to key information.
And the team at SDP also have some custom-coded modules, allowing them to produce reports that they need on a regular basis with the minimum of effort. Some of these are produced and emailed automatically as spreadsheets or PDFs.
How it works
The basis of the system is our fuzzylime (cms+) platform. We built a large number of custom elements on top of this, to manage events, members and reporting amongst other areas. As it is all integrated, the team at SDP only have to learn how to use one system to manage every part of their site.