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SME Inclusion and e-Procurement in the Public Sector

An important part of Imaginist’s mission is to act as a catalyst to raise the level of awareness and help introduce best practice into the way public sector interacts with the small company sector. The public sector represents the single biggest source of business for small companies in UK. In the rush to e-government, local councils and other public sector organisations are in danger of ignoring the small companies in favour of larger suppliers.

If you are a Local Authority, however, you will also be aware of your responsibility for supporting your local small business community.

The Imaginist Company is leading work for the National e-Procurement Project on supplier adoption and economic development for ODPM and the Local Government sector. You can see the results of the National e-Procurement Supplier Adoption project work to date here.

We are advising a number of councils, including Essex County Council on their LPSA project to boost SME e-enablement in Essex. We are leading the innovative @London pilot in Newham - see here for a slide presentation on this important project - and working with the Evalue Group to help smaller Districts work collaboratively to gain the benefits from e-procurement.

Imaginist has identified and brought together a group of best of breed companies - the Imaginist Consortium – to deliver an innovative approach to achieving successful implementation of e-procurement while protecting the local business community. We call it Joined-up e-Procurement.

Councils that are looking for a cheap and rapid implementation of e-procurement are finding that Joined-up e-Procurement can provide the range of strategic advice and services to enable them to move forward successfully.

Click here for more information about Joined-up e-Procurement and the One-Step-at-a-Time methodology that is unique to The Imaginist Consortium.

And why not contact us at Imaginist for information and assistance with your e-procurement and SME e-enablement programmes?

NEW SEMINAR SERIES: e-Procurement and Economic Development: Meeting the New Targets