Category: Cabinet office

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

by Pamela Cook   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 […]

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 […]

Troubled Families

We are not surprised that the number of troubled families has reached a higher level than anticipated as the level of improved interaction between the multiple agencies involved has been very encouraging.  There are a number of excellent case studies from authorities across the country.   We fully support the government’s approach to tackling the issues. […]

Dragon Piers Linney to turn up heat on Whitehall over fairer outsourcing to SMEs

Mr Linney, co-chief executive at the cloud IT consultancy Outsourcery and a dragon on the BBC show for the past two series, has been asked to join the Government’s SME panel on which Infoshare MD Pamela Cook also sits. He has been asked to advise on how small, innovative IT businesses can be helped to […]

Cabinet Office – making a difference to SME’s

We have noticed a significant uptake in the larger companies engaging with us as an SME during the last six months. The Cabinet Office have been extremely supportive of the SME community and the largest suppliers to Government seem to be embracing the innovation and cost advantages presented by the SME’s out there. Whilst it […]

Making Government business more accessible to SMEs – Two Years On

Two years ago, Pamela Cook, MD of Infoshare was invited by the Cabinet Office to be part of its Scrutiny Panel.  This report  “Making Government business more accessible to SMEs  – Two Years On” shows that steady progress is being made towards the Government’s 25% aspiration whilst recognising the barriers we need to tackle to […]