Showcasing Scotland Regional Events:
Connecting local buyers with local suppliers
Showcasing Scotland Regional Events – Frequently Asked Questions
For Suppliers –
Can I attend more than one event?
Yes, you can attend as many events as you wish.
Is the event for companies of any size?
The Showcasing events are mainly targeted towards SMEs, but if you think your business will benefit from the programme feel free to apply, or contact us to discuss further.
Do I need to attend the workshops to be able to participate in the buyer event?
Whilst it is not essential to attend the workshops before participating in the Showcasing event, we recommend that you do – it’s excellent training, free of charge, and will be a good learning experience for yourself and/or colleagues. If, however, you feel that your business is fully versed on the workshop topics covered, then you do not need to attend.
How much does it cost?
£49+VAT per event. This cost covers up to two delegates to attend each event and will be refunded to Scotland Food & Drink members upon attendance, after the event. The fee is not refundable for companies who are not members of Scotland Food & Drink.
What’s the closing date for registrations?
Applications for Showcasing West event will close in January 2018. Dates for future events will be published as available.
What kind of buyers will be there?
We aim to have representatives from hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, guest houses, regional retail buyers, public procurement managers, wholesalers, farm and deli shops etc.
Do I need SALSA or other accreditations?
Not essential for all, but some buyers may require specific accreditation.
Will I need to provide samples?
Not essential, but we’d recommend having some samples available for interested parties.
What will be provided on the day?
Each supplier will be allocated a 6ft dressed trestle table and two chairs. Power can be supplied on request.
How do I choose which Showcasing event is best for me?
This depends on which areas you are willing/able to supply. If you are unsure, then please get in touch.
Are you looking for suppliers of any particular type (e.g. cheese, soft drinks, fresh meat, confectionery etc) or is it open to all?
The showcasing events are open to all suppliers of any product type, subject to the application process.
When will I be notified if I have secured a place?
We will be in touch with next steps in January once applications have closed.
For Buyers –
What kind of buyer is this suitable for (e.g. restaurateur, café owner, hotelier etc)?
We aim to have representatives from hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, guest houses, regional retail buyers, public procurement managers, wholesalers, farm and deli shops etc. If you are unsure about your suitability, please contact us.
Can I request the kinds of food and drink companies I meet on the day?
There will be the opportunity for pre-booked 1-1 meetings in the morning and a free-flowing exhibition in the afternoon. An online diary system will open in January which will allow buyers & suppliers to book 1-1 meetings with one another.
What kind of suppliers will be there?
Scottish food and drink producers looking to meet buyers who are actively seeking local products.
When will I see a list of suppliers?
The final list of suppliers will be available when the diary system opens in January.
Can I attend more than one of the events?
Yes, you can attend as many of the showcasing events as you wish.
Does it matter where my company is based? For example, if I am based in Glasgow, can I only attend the West event?
No, you can attend any of the events, no matter where you are based.
How many colleagues can I bring with me?
We kindly request a maximum two colleagues per company, but if there is reason to have more than that please get in touch and we’ll look at capacity.
Do I need to attend the whole day?
We’d encourage you to stay the whole day to make the most of the opportunity and avoid disappointing suppliers who will have been preparing to meet you.