About the Author

Ken Cole
SPS Consultancy

Ken Cole has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors and was one of the founding Directors of SPS in 2001. He recently completed a three year secondment as Director of the London Centre of Excellence. Ken has thrilled many public and private audiences with his incisive analysis, robust delivery and his belief in 'telling it as it is'. His blog is a regular commentary of the improvement and efficiency agenda.

Make sure you pay a frequent visit to find out Ken's latest thoughts on the workings of government, the latest policy initiatives and much more...

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UK SME Public Procurement Conference

Sep 12, 2011

I will be speaking at the UK SME Public Procurement Conference this coming Thursday, 15th September 2011. I tend to pick and choose these events carefully as you can end up diong nothing but travel the speaker circuit rather than doing any hands on work!

This conference will be exploring the changing landscape of public procurement and what this will mean for small businesses trying to get access to new business opportunities. As many will know, there is a huge gap between public sector rhetoric  on trading with SMEs and reality. This is not helped by the fact that there is no single accepted definition as to what constitutes an SME which gives everyone plenty of wriggle room to show just how helpful they are to the most important sector of our whole economy.

This conference appears to be specifically designed for SMEs who want to understand how to gain access to local government work and get a picture of what the new developments, initiatives and legislation coming out of government will mena for their business. Definitely worth giving up some time for fellow entrepreneurs!


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