London Small Businesses Tender Support for City Bids
London-based small firms can apply for free advice on tendering for City contracts, following the extension of a support programme by the City of London Corporation.
The Ready to Supply the City scheme launched in 2009, but additional funding has now been granted to help get 300 more small firms “tender-ready”. Those that are accepted for the scheme will receive one-to-one business advice and mentoring, access to half-day workshops, and information on the procurement needs of City firms.
Through the scheme, they can also learn how to produce compliant bids, how to pitch and present their skills, and attend Q&A sessions where they can get advice from City procurement managers.
“This additional funding will help small businesses to navigate their way out of this difficult post-recessionary period, to further economic prosperity,”
said City of London Corporation policy and resources committee chairman, Stuart Fraser.
“The help on offer will ensure they are equipped with the knowledge, experience and contacts to enable them to harness the huge business potential on their doorstep.”
Any small business based within the seven boroughs bordering the Square Mile can apply to access the scheme, which will be delivered by individual business support organisations within each of the boroughs. For example, the scheme will be managed by East London Small Business Centre in Tower Hamlets, and GLE oneLondon in Lambeth and Southwark.
Interested firms should approach the organisation that is delivering the programme in their area directly. They will then be asked to complete questionnaires and attend a workshop to determine whether they are suitable for the programme.
For more information on how to access support through the programme, visit the City of London Corporation website.