smallbusiness.co.uk: Helping your business think big

Email a Friend

A scientist is calling on the government to concentrate on encouraging public sector bodies to purchase technology from small businesses rather than handing out grants and loans.

A scientist is calling on the government to concentrate on encouraging public sector bodies to purchase technology from small businesses rather than handing out grants and loans.

Dr Richard Zybert, a nuclear physicist and managing director of Zybert Computing, tells the Birmingham Post if local councils and government departments bought their IT solutions from British businesses it would help them in the competition against software giants like IBM and Microsoft.

Help is needed because when offered the choice between a multinational firm and a smaller UK-based company, local councils will go for the larger business so they can sue them if anything were to go wrong, the former University of Birmingham academic explains.

Zybert says while grants and loans are useful, they are not a long-term solution.

Instead of offering such handouts, he is asking the government to offer a contract guarantee scheme which would reassure departments that if small firms failed to deliver on contracts, the cost would be covered.

The government has opened a website - supply2.gov.uk - which is intended to match more SMEs with government contract work.

See also: Small business support services need work

Previous article

Futuristic gardens business wins prestigious award

Next article

FSB calling for automatic rate relief

Post a comment

Related

News | Opportunities

Are you on course for business angel support?

News | Outlook

Are you a typical small business?

News | Outlook

Boom for small business sector

News | Outlook

Enterprise Hubs offer business support

Small Business Offers

  • FedEx presents show the world

    Everyone on the island of Nevis loves Llewellen's hot pepper sauce. With the help of FedEx he finds out if the world loves it to. Watch the film.

    Advertisement

  • The power of Vodafone One Net Business

    Datacom Recruitment are better connected cutting costs by £2,000 a month. With landline, mobile and desktop comms all on one system. Vodafone One Net Business.

  • Telephone answering service

    Get your own Moneypenny PA – one person you know and trust, to look after your calls. Take a fre trial.

  • The smarter way to get cash flowing

    Running a business can be challenging so it’s important to ensure that you choose a funding solution that keeps you firmly in control while providing the flexibility to grow.

More from Small Business

Starting a Business
How three small businesses raised money and grew

How three small businesses raised money and grew

Here, we look at three companies at different stages of development, how they acquired funds...  

Financing a Business
EU VAT changes affecting digital content and e-service sellers

EU VAT changes affecting digital content and e-service sellers

Simon Horton discusses what you need to know as a small business owner in regards...  

Running a Business
Top five tips on winning customers 

Top five tips on winning customers 

Here, business speaker and author Rob Yeung discusses the keys to gaining business from potential...  

Blog
If courtesy costs nothing, why is it so rare in business?

If courtesy costs nothing, why is it so rare in business?

David Cliff discusses the decline of common courtesy and how making an effort to be...