Category: SME

Small businesses one step closer to gaining better access to Government budgets

This week the Procurement Bill, which to improve SME access to Government spend, passes into the Committee stage in the House of Commons. The UK Government’s Procurement Bill, which will simplify the current four sets of laws into one, has passed the Second Reading in House of Commons and has moved into the Committee stage. […]

Re-mortgaged homes, people over profit and using data for good – the Infoshare story you may not have heard

Last year, our CEO Pamela Cook spoke to Business Matters magazine about how she put everything on the line to make Infoshare a success, the values that drive everything we do, and how we put profits on hold to help our customers respond to Covid.   Tell us about Infoshare Infoshare was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames […]

New government guide gives vital support to UK small businesses

The government has released a SME guide in their continued efforts to support smaller businesses to gain better access to the £50 billion worth of public contracts tendered each year. Our CEO, Pamela Cook, is a part of the Cabinet Office Small Business panel tasked with ensuring the guide provides the best possible advice to […]

Infoshare and Atos collaborate to bring SME innovation to the Public Sector

Atos Horizons is a pioneering programme that brings their Public Sector and Defence customers the best talent and solutions from the UK and Ireland SME community, safely and at scale. Infoshare has been part of the programme since its inception and has worked successfully with Atos to provide master data management solutions to a range of […]

Government keeps momentum with SME agenda despite pandemic setbacks

This week I attended the latest meeting of the Government’s Small Business Panel, and it was extremely encouraging to hear progress is still being made on our objectives despite the disruption of 2020.

Two new announcements spell new era for small businesses in the Government supply chain

Enforcing prompt payment of suppliers Late payments to smaller businesses in the Government supply chain are an ongoing significant issue and can prove a deterrent from SMEs engaging in this process. Therefore, it is encouraging to see the recent announcement of the new prompt payment initiative to ensure all Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from […]

New Government plans will increase transparency of SME spend and improve visibility of contract opportunities online

by Pamela Cook Following on from the announcement of their supplier consultation to support fairer treatment of SMEs in the procurement process, the Government has yet again shown determination to support the SME community in gaining access to its contractual spend. They have now announced that from 1st May 2018, suppliers on contracts of over […]

Government supplier consultation spells good news for SMEs

by Pamela Cook I was delighted to see the news last week that the Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, has not only listened to the blockers and challenges that the SME community face when working with the Government, but has been proactive in exploring the opportunities for both parties. I recently had a meeting with […]

SME champions make headway: government announces it has spent over £1bn working with SMEs

by Pamela Cook   It was in the news this week that the government has spent over £1bn since 2012 working with SMEs to develop and deliver their cloud and digital services. This is nearly half of the total spend: roughly £1.39 in every £3 of the government’s spending in this area has gone to […]

Being part of the new Government Advisory Panel for SME lending – by Pamela Cook

The inaugural meeting of the new SME advisory Panel to Cabinet Office was a breath of fresh air and I am certain it will lead to significant change, challenge and positive outcomes for the £1 in every £3 spend going to an SME – both directly and indirectly. It was great to meet with the […]