The Government is encouraging SMEs to supply to the public sector via a new £500 marketplace for health and social care providers.
NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service has created a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to provide consumers access to companies that supply Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) services. The DPS is now live, and will continue to grow as suppliers join throughout the term.
Tech companies are being invited to take part in a £2m competition to develop applications that help people who rent their homes to boost their credit scores, access credit and get on the housing ladder.
The Treasury is running a competition for entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11 million tenants to record and share their rent payment data, helping to improve their credit scores and their chances of getting a mortgage.
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SMEs are being urged to boost their businesses by competing for a wide range of government contracts.
The Crown Representative for Small Businesses, Emma Jones, has published a list of the Top 100 SME suppliers to government. She says those businesses are thriving because they learnt how to work through the contract bidding process. She wants other SMEs to do the same.
Local businesses in four areas around the UK will soon be able to apply for a grant of up to £3000 to get gigabit broadband installed.
It is part of a £2 million trial which will see suppliers offering vouchers worth between £500 and £3000 each to businesses which can then be used to pay for the installation of gigabit speed connections.
One hundred SMEs have signed up for the chance to secure a share of an estimated £3bn of IT investment over the next four years – giving them the chance to grow their businesses by helping the government to deliver more efficient, effective public services.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded its new Technology Services 2 framework, with small and medium-sized enterprises representing more than 60% of the total number of suppliers signed up.
British businesses could be missing out on the funding needed to scale up because of misunderstandings in what investors want, according to a new report published by Innovate UK, the government organisation providing advice and loans to SMEs.
Innovate’s new survey ‘Scaling up: the investor perspective’ compares the views of investors and small to medium-sized enterprises on the factors for success.
Small businesses struggling to gain finance from big banks will be matched with alternative lenders, under a new government scheme.
The banks will pass on the details of small businesses they have rejected for finance to three platforms – Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared and Funding Options.
Innovative companies and SMEs could benefit from a £30m investment to provide them with help from graduates and university research programmes.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) connect UK businesses with an academic or research organisation and provide qualified graduate to work on new projects.
Landowners are being invited to apply for funding to plant trees along the route of the HS2 rail network.
The government is investing £5m in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands, following the launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund.