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Two-Thirds of Olympic Contracts Won by Small Firms

Two-Thirds of Olympic Contracts Won by Small Firms

Small firms have won 68 per cent of the contracts advertised so far by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for London 2012, new figures have revealed. ODA records show that 1,036 suppliers have won contracts worth a total of £5 billion since January 2008. Suppliers are spread across the UK, with 46% based outside of London. “Businesses of all sizes and from every sector are working together to deliver the largest project this country has seen for generations and are reaping the benefits of millions of pounds worth of work,” said ODA chairman, John Armitt. “A Scottish company has won a contract to build the basketball structure and a Northern Irish company is constructing the main pedestrian bridge within the Olympic Park. “There are still golden opportunities... »

SMEs offered help winning City of London contracts

SMEs offered help winning City of London contracts

> Small businesses in London can get help pitching for contracts in the Square Mile, following the launch of six new business support projects by the City of London Corporation. The initiatives are aimed at small firms in the London boroughs surrounding the City, including Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster. Delivered by a range of different business support organisations, the six projects are all aimed at helping small firms access the City’s supply chain. Through these projects businesses on the City fringes can access guidance on tendering for City contracts, building contacts within the City, and improving their pitching and negotiating skills. “Small businesses tend to rely on one or two main clients,” said City of London Co... »

Free Access to Public Sector Contract Opportunities

The Government has encouraged small firms to sign up to its Supply2.gov website before 31 July, to take advantage of three months’ free access to public sector contract opportunities listed on the website. Launched in June 2006, the Supply2.gov website allows firms to search for public sector contracts worth under £100,000, receive daily email alerts matching them with business opportunities, and access guidance on public sector procurement. Businesses can carry out local contract searches for free, but are charged £180 to make nationwide searches. However, SMEs which sign up to the website before 31 July will receive three months’ free access to approximately 3,000 public sector contracts across the UK. Once the free trial is over, the site will revert to free loca... »

Feedback Wanted to Help SMEs Win More Public Sector Contracts

The Government has called on small firms to provide feedback on the public sector tender process by taking part in an online consultation on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) website. According to the OGC, the consultation, which is part of the Government’s Glover Review announced in this year’s Budget, is aimed at helping small businesses win more public sector contracts. “I want to be sure that SMEs enjoy the same access to public sector contracts as their bigger counterparts, and I want to learn from their experiences across small and large contracts in shaping future policies,” said Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle. The Glover Review will consider issues such as improving the tendering process, and reducing the barriers that SMEs may face w... »