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Make a big difference - join our Small Business Panel

If you're a small business owner or director, then why not join CCS's Small Business Panel and help create positive change for other SMEs?

Small Business Panel at work

We're looking for small business owners and directors to join the Small Business Panel

Are you the owner of, or do you hold a leadership role in, a small business? Do you have experience of the challenges that face other SMEs within procurement? If so we want to hear from you.

The Crown Commercial Service are currently looking for volunteers to join their Small Business Panel. This is a group that exists specifically to advise the government on how to help small and medium sized businesses win public sector contracts.

Although the role is unpaid, there are a number of benefits to being a Small Business Panel member including:

  • The chance to feed your ideas and opinions directly to government and Ministers
  • Networking and knowledge sharing with other small business leaders
  • The opportunity to directly create policies that will have a big impact on small businesses

And, with the government committing to spending 33% of its goods and services budget with SMEs by 2020, the advice and guidance of the Small Business Panel has never been more vital.

Small Business Policy Lead for CCS, Cass Chideock, said:

If you’ve had significant leadership experience in at least one small to medium‐sized business, and you have a good grasp of commercial issues, particularly with regards to selling to government, then we’d love to hear from you.

Once panel members have been selected, quarterly meetings will take place in London and last approximately 2­ hours. For members that can’t travel, dial-in or video conference facilities can be made available.

If you’re interested in this position, and want to help create positive changes for small businesses, then please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to by 24 June. If you have any queries please contact

Published 11 May 2016