Meet the Buyer Tayside 2024

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Is your business looking for new customers? 

Dundee City Council, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, Angus Council, and the Supplier Development Programme, invites businesses of all sizes to a free in-person Meet the Buyer event, on 20 February 2024, at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee. 

New and existing suppliers, particularly sole traders, small businesses and social enterprises in and around Tayside, are invited to this free event, to discover upcoming contract opportunities and get support on procurement processes. 

Meet the Buyer Tayside will give businesses of all sizes the opportunity to meet buyers from: 

  • Dundee City Council 

  • Scottish Government 

  • Social Security Scotland 

  • Angus Council 

  • Scotland Excel 

  • Perth & Kinross Council 

Suppliers will also be able to with meet larger contractors, to learn about current and future subcontract opportunities, and how to join their supply chains. 

There will be speakers and optional short information workshops delivered throughout the day, demystifying topics such as Quick Quotes for smaller contracts, Scope 3 emissions and carbon monitoring as well as top tips on using the Public Contract Scotland (PCS) and Public Contract Scotland Tender (PCST) website for bidding success.

Attendance at this event is free, however, to assist event organisers it would be appreciated if you could register your intention to attend in advance at

Ensure to use the hashtag #MeetTheBuyerTayside to get the latest information on exhibitors and workshops, and share your photos on the day!

The Dundee Hooley

On 25th November, The Dundee Hooley takes to the streets from 3–7.30pm to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.  Dundee locals and visitors are being encouraged to come to City Square, where they can enjoy family-friendly activities including performances from Pyro Celtica, bubble fun with Poppy Bubbles and music live on stage.  Street traders will be on hand to provide a warming portion of food and drinks.

From 5.30pm, a torchlit parade led by the Lord Provost will wind along Murraygate and into the High Street, congregating in City Square. Participation is strongly encouraged, with the public invited to carry the provided live torches, or to take part in a lantern section while community groups and performers from Thingumajig Theatre, Urban Moves and Brass Aye will provide stunning on-street spectacles.

In a change this year, the public are asked to pre-register to carry a provided live wax torch so keep an eye on  Registration will open on 1st November.  There will also be fun workshops where you can make your own lantern with Thingumajig in the days leading up to the parade. 

Once the procession reaches City Square, the evening will finish with a fling, thanks to a ceilidh with music provided by Skyrie, which will see visitors jig and whirl to round off the evening's entertainment until 7.30pm. 

Speaking of the event, Dundee Lord Provost Bill Campbell said: ‘‘The Dundee Hooley is a real celebration of everything which makes Dundee so special.  With an emphasis on community, we want to invite people of all ages into the City Centre that weekend to take part in the event which is sure to be one to remember.”

Councillor Steven Rome, Convenor of Fair Work, Economic Growth, & Infrastructure, said: ‘’I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to enjoy a proper Dundee Hooley for another year.  The streets will come alive with lights, colour, and music as we weave our way through the city centre, enjoying a wonderful celebration of the season.’

The Hooley celebration will mark the start of Dundee City Council’s Christmas celebrations, which are set to light up the city from mid-November.  With stunning Dundee-inspired lights, in addition to the much-loved City Square installation, which will return with free, family-friendly events taking place throughout December in the lead up to the 25th, the city is set to be a hub of festive family fun.