Assisting local businesses is one of our important objectives, therefore we are keen to work with small and medium-size enterprises (SME’s). With guidance from the European Commission, we are working to ensure that SME’s are kept involved in our tenders and contracts, and recognise that SME’s can provide good value for money and seek to remove any barriers that may halt them from participating.
We have a large number of contracts across many different goods and services. These are all varying in size and value which attract interest from SME’s. We also recognise that it can be advantageous to both the Council and businesses for larger contracts to be split across to more than one contractor.
However there are some challenges that SME’s may come across which the we aim to help overcome: