New Small Business Crown Representative must concentrate on ‘ease’ not just ‘access’, according to National Enterprise Network
Alex Till, Chair of National Enterprise Network, representing the country’s enterprise agencies and the businesses they support, is looking to the new Small Business Crown Representative, Martin Traynor OBE, who was appointed yesterday (5 February), to use all his influence to dumb down the procurement processes for small businesses in fulfilling his objective of improving access for small businesses to government contracts.
“The Government does not stack up well against its American counterpart when we look at how much of their spend goes towards large business compared with small business. It is a laudable aspiration to say that access will be improved, but that won’t happen unless the procurement barriers for small businesses, who do not have the luxury of sizeable procurement teams in the same way big businesses do, are changed,” claims Alex Till.
National Enterprise Network is also lobbying for the Government to set a target for the volume of work that is awarded to local small businesses, and to work only with larger contractors when such a target being achieved is a requirement.
“At NEN, we represent businesses who daily face the challenge of trying to win Government contracts, and we would be pleased to work with Mr Traynor to improve their success rates,” added Alex Till.