Review on the Role of SMEs in Public Procurement
Chancellor Alistair Darling has recently announced that Anne Glover, Chief executive of Amadeus Capital Partners, will lead an independent inquiry into the barriers faced by small companies looking to supply goods or services to the public sector.
The committee is considering ways to increase opportunities for SMEs and the practicality of a goal of such companies winning 30 per cent of all public sector contracts.
Small companies and industry groups have now been invited to share their experiences of doing business across both central government and local authorities.
A Call for Evidence has been launched, and businesses and public sector procurers are now being invited to input into this work to ensure that the committee is fully informed of the real issues faced at grass root level. It will also ensure that businesses and those working in this area are given the opportunity to shape future policy.
To have your say visit the OGC www.ogc.gov.uk/SME_Consultation.asp
Government body BERR would like to invite SME's to attend a workshop designed to debate specific issues in depth and identify potential recommendations going forward. Workshop places are limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Workshops for business will take place on:
Thursday 10 July, 9:30am at the BERR Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET
Tuesday 15 July, 9:30am at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE13 8AF
Article Date: 27 June 2008