Emma was appointed as Small Business Crown Representative in July 2016. She was selected for the role because of her wealth of experience in working with SMEs. She is the founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation, and the co-founder of StartUp Britain.
Emma’s work in her role as Small Business Crown Representative includes:
Working with government and the Small Business Panel to identify the remaining barriers to SMEs doing business with the public sector
Supporting the launch and delivery of the campaign to help show that government is “Open for Business” for SMEs, and helping them bid for, and win, more contracts
Increasing awareness among smaller businesses of opportunities to deliver on behalf of larger private sector firms who have secured government contracts
Working with government to identify new opportunities to get best value from SMEs
Emma is keen to hear what small business have to say and wants to engage with as many SMEs as possible. So, if you’re thinking about becoming a government supplier, take a look at the events and opportunities below for how to get involved and gain support.
Register for free for Emma’s half-hour webinars offering advice on how to become a government supplier. A list of webinars coming up is featured below.
There are a wide range of events that SMEs can attend across the country to help them identify opportunities and network with other businesses for tips on supplying to government.
- Leeds Cross Government SME Roadshow - Nov 2017 with representatives from Central Government (Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice, Crown Commercial Service), NHS (Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Digital) and local government (Leeds City Council) about the opportunities to sell to the public sector. See the slides to that event.
Register with Contracts Finder to keep updated on new and upcoming contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.
Public Procurement Review Service
If you have a concern you’d like to raise about the procurement process or a problem with payment on a public contract you can let us know via the Public Procurement Review Service, and we will investigate for you.
Read Emma’s blogs to gain useful insight, updates and tips for SMEs and government buyers.
Selling to the public sector guide
In partner with the Crown Commercial Service, Emma has developed a guide for small businesses with tips on selling to government. Read it here.
For inspiration on how other small business have grown and benefitted from being a supplier government read our case studies.
Government is Open for Business
‘Open for Business’ is the government’s campaign to reach more SMEs as potential suppliers: to help and support them to become suppliers and to listen to how government can improve the process.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/openforbusiness
If you would like to help in getting the message out that government is Open for Business then visit the resources page for ways in which you can support.
Government has an overall aspiration for one pound in three of procurement spend to be with SMEs by the end of this Parliament. Individual government departments have their own plans to help government overall to achieve this. Listed below are the key people in each department who drive the SME procurement as SME champions.
The SME advisory panel, made up of 24 entrepreneurs and leading business figures boasting a wide range of experience, is working with the government to ensure that by 2022, £1 of every £3 invested by Government in goods and services goes to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The panel was formed in November 2016 and are currently looking at key strands of government procurement activity. More information can be found here.
Keep up to date by following key accounts on twitter: