David Chassels of UK tech SME Procession on UK HMG becoming an “intelligent customer” really is important
Last year the one of the recommendations made by Public Accounts Select Committee following its review of ICT use in Whitehall was that it needed to become the “intelligent customer”.
It’s not jus tech SMEs that struggle with the cost of bidding for public sector goodies.
Kevan Davey, of Concerto Support Services talks frankly about the challenge of getting the SME into government work
The Cabinet Office and the PM have spoken a lot recently about how SMEs and start up businesses have the ability to fuel the growth the UK needs to aid Britain’s recovery from the recession.
But from where I’m currently sat as an SME technology company that deals mainly with local authorities, as well intended as David Cameron may be, it’s clear that where the public sector is concerned,
SME tech firms may struggle to compete for that £6bn worth of government business Francis Maude is promising them if they can’t get finance.
A week after the government making loud noises about how many SMEs it will give public sector work to - an SME chief executive who’d been an advisor has quit, claiming he was "tired of talking to a government that [was not] listening".
The news is from a public sector news site here and details the exit of Mark Taylor who after eight year

Why has HP, the biggest supplier to the public sector in the uK, signed up to the Cabinet Office's plans to up SME involvement in government ICT work? We asked Howard Hughes, who heads up all the ICT giant's activity in this sector

We’ve had a bit more information from Mark Thompson, ICT Futures Advisor to the Cabinet Office, who we quoted last week in terms of his support for plans to get more SMEs into government technology - and we’re glad we did, as it turns out his opinion is much less ‘cheerleading’ for the Cabinet Office’s plans than we’d thought.
For a start, Thompson says his views need to be take
As promised, we’ve now got more details of what the Cabinet Office says it will do to boost SME involvement in government business, including ICT – and indeed, what it says it can point to having done in the year it’s been attempting to crack this one.
The ratio of central government business going to SMEs across central government is on track to double from 6.7% to 13.7% by the end of the financial year, it promises.
What that’s important: The public sector currently spends £230bn on goods and ser
The government is to outline details later of how it will double the amount it spends with SMEs by 100% - from £3bn to £6bn – by the end of the year.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude is set to speak at an event where he will update suppliers and small business leaders on progress on the SME agenda and to unveil new measures to boost SMEs winning government business.
Key to the announcement are details of how sub-contracting by larger firms to smaller ones will work in practice, and schemes for speeding up
We recently sat down with Chris Price, who heads up all public sector work at Computacenter to get his views on the market
Public (PT)
Hi Mr Price, let's start with some basic CV: how did you get to your current position?
Chris Price (CP)
I have been working in the public sector for two years coming out of a private sector background at Computacenter so since the last election much of the change is relatively new to me: it’s been a ver