Emma Jones, the entrepreneur who founded Enterprise Nation, has been appointed Small Business Crown Representative, a new role that will involve working with government departments and the Crown Commercial Service. The focus of the job will be to help UK small businesses bid for and win government contracts.
Jones will serve as a voice for SMEs within government, and will work towards the government’s target of one third of procurement spend flowing directly or indirectly to SMEs.
Jones’ responsibilities include:
- working with government and the refreshed Small Business Panel to identify remaining barriers to SMEs in doing business with the public sector
- supporting the launch of a new campaign to help show that “Government is Open for Business” for SMEs and wants to help them bid for and win more contracts
- increasing awareness with smaller businesses of opportunities to deliver on behalf of larger private sector firms who are delivering government contracts
- working with government to identify new opportunities to get best value from SMEs
‘Looking to simplify bureaucracy’
Jones said: “I’m delighted to be working in the role of SME Rep and helping realise the target of £1 in every £3 spent with small business by 2020. Entrepreneurs and founders are always on the look-out for new contracts and markets, and government represents a large one!
“Over the next 12 months, I’ll be supporting small businesses in getting tender ready, connecting them with buyers from central government and tier one suppliers, and shining a spotlight on those who have successfully made sales.
“I’ll be looking to simplify further the bureaucracy that small businesses can face, and increase awareness of opportunities so that start-ups and SMEs have more chances to build their businesses.
“Securing a government contract is a great way for firms to bring in a steady income stream that can really help a business to grow – especially with the Government’s pledge to pay within 30 days.“