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Boost for city’s thriving digital sector
Release date: Fri, 17/08/2012
Bristol's digital sector will have greater chance to bid for a share of the City Council's c£25 million annual ICT spend in the future.
The council is changing its strategy on the way it delivers ICT services. The strategy will require maintaining a more flexible approach towards procurement of it's third party contracts, which will result in smaller packages of work being procured for shorter periods of time, therefore offering more opportunities for more suppliers.
The aim is to work towards a target of more than 25% work with SMEs over the next three years.
Cllr Jon Rogers, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Bristol has a thriving digital sector with many small and medium sized companies. But traditionally the SME sector has faced too many obstacles to winning work from the public sector. The Government has recognised the need to change this policy and we support this move wholeheartedly. Our aim is that within a few years, more than a quarter of our annual spend on ICT is directed towards SMEs, and I hope Bristol firms will be in a position to gain from this.”
Bristol firms interested in winning a proportion of this work can find out more at an event on Tuesday 4 September at the Colston Hall. The information event will cover the following opportunities:
- The Government's G-Cloud framework for public sector IT services - how local suppliers can make their services accessible without large procurement costs
- The City Council's Workplace programme to shrink the number of its council offices from 35 to just nine or ten over the next 3 to 4 years, improving services to the public and modernising the way staff work, including much greater use of technology.
- Natural England will be present to talk about their procurement and opportunities available to SMEs.
Firms wanting more information on the September event please contact Christine Storry on 0117 922 4336 or Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org or to pre-book a place go to http://bristolictsourcing.eventbrite.co.uk where there is more information.