Is government procurement too complex for SME’s?

The Government is reassessing the procurement systems and using e-procurement tools and frameworks to ensure that the procurement processes work more efficiently.

Government procurement regulations are a world apart from the experiences of most small businesses. Larger tenders, which SME’s are unable to participate, present the difficulty of contending. There are not many potential companies who have the availability to complete high quantity tender forms.

The British Government need to implement processes and factors into their procurement methods that benefit SME’s; tendering is a skill and training needs to be considered if businesses are going to benefit, and in this economical climate, many companies and organisations do not have the money or time to spare.

The data, which is collected by a tender process, can help Government agencies create more work for SME’s and create more jobs, therefore tackling unemployment. However, the information remains stagnant meaning that small businesses cannot prosper.


Win your company more business!

The British Government currently spends £220bn on products and services and is striving to ensure that more SME’s, Charities and Social Enterprises deliver them. This ensures that organisations and businesses become an integral part of the ‘Big Society’ and fostering growth in our local and national economies.

To ensure that this successful, the Government is using e-procurement tools and implementing frameworks to make procurement process function more efficiently.

South London Jobs Fair will help you and your business to identify opportunities in the marketplace, which will help expand your business and win you work within the Public Sector.

Public Sector Procurement will be a major topic for discussion at the event with leading focal areas being

–       Policy Development and Compliance

–       PPQ Development and Compliance

–       PPQ Support

–       Tender Writing

–       Bid Writing

–       Tender Presentations

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E-learning lets your business prosper

Successful companies understand that Disability and Discrimination awareness is not just about ensuring legal compliance and implementing a framework of policies and procedures. They understand that it also consists of ensuring managers and staff genuinely understands the fundamental principles involved.

E-learning courses are designed to develop your company and staff retention rate by creating a responsive business, which thrives on good and ethical practice.

These courses are easy to follow and raise awareness about equality and the issues entailed. They also highlight the most relevant aspects of disability legislation. They help businesses to work effectively with disabled customers and colleagues, which adds value to your company.

E-learning courses have been proven to reduce risk, educate your staff and protect your organisation.

Computing in the cloud

Putting on our corporate caps, cloud computing refers to the delivery of computing and storage capacity. It is a technical term for the Internet, but it is expanding beyond this theory.

Cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running more efficiently, with improved manageability and less maintenance. It allows IT infrastructures to more rapidly adjust resources to meet inconsistent and erratic business demand.

At the foundation of cloud computing, there is a broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services.

With technology companies attending the South London Jobs Fair and with business continuity an important topic on every companies agenda, cloud computing will surely be on everyone’s minds.

Cloud computing comes into focus when we think about what IT needs. Companies may find themselves in situations where they will need to increase capacity or add capabilities, train new staff or licensing new software.

Cloud computing and virtualisation simplifies your IT infrastructure, offering a more enhanced computing experience. By sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple applications in various locations the user can free themselves from physical and geographical restrictions.

As well as the many technical features and advantages which Virtualization can provide, Virtual systems can improve user experience and the way people compute. It also offers reduced running costs.

Physical Infrastructure Cost Reduction reduces the number of servers and related IT hardware in the data centre. This leads to reductions in a range of sectors which results in significantly lower IT costs. VMware reduces expenses and improves operating expenses through server consolidation.

Many offices are being constructed on a virtual platform, offering a trusting and reliable platform for building private clouds and merge public clouds.

Does volunteering help boost your career?

When it comes to finding work, a lot of employers want a capable and qualified candidate, but one of the most important things they seek in a potential employee is a positive attitude towards their community and evidence of a good and proactive work ethic. There are a lot of people who will be more or as qualified as you are, and when an employer is choosing between two people with the same credentials they often look for what a person has achieved outside of their career.

Volunteering is not only a brilliant way for people to give back to their community; it is also hugely beneficial to the individual and their potential employer.

However, volunteering is indisputably essential in building confidence, skills and character to prepare job seekers for the real world and there are many programs out there both nationally and internationally, however, in order for a volunteer to gain adequate training to present to a prospective employer, a volunteering program needs to be carefully chosen and the training provided should lead to some vocational opportunities.

To get out of this current economical situation, is volunteering or internships necessary? Or do we need to stimulate demand?

Tackling unemployment: The live debate

Tackling unemployment is on top of the agenda for the Government and local Governments. Today, The Guardian hosted a live debate discussing what is required to solve this ever-growing problem. And of course The South London Jobs Fair and 3D Change were on the front line providing our opinions and ideas to fuel the conversation.

We discussed a wide range of topics including initiative programs, incentives, apprenticeships, interns, the economical climate, SME’s, social regeneration and the Government’s Big Society Drive, all of which will be discussed in depth at the Jobs Fair.

From the debate, many interesting comments were made and many questions arose. Apprenticeships were a trending topic as were incentives and recruitment agencies. Volunteering was also a topic, and the one topic not everyone agreed on.

Young people see the disparity between wage versus time and expectation and duty versus ability and rights and this can sometimes limit the jobs that are available. There is no motivation to apply for a job if the wage is less than what the young person is earning on allowances.

Through the debate, we have listed below some important observations:

–        Experience of and exposure to the workplace can significantly reduce the risk of youth unemployment

–        Intermediaries have a very important part to play in tackling unemployment

–        Employability and attitude is important to the business owners that create the jobs

–        The ‘offer’ to young people

–        Not all young people are in the same position – many young people are doing well and deserve some credit

Another important factor, which we emphasised throughout the debate, was that SME’s play an extremely important part in employment. They provide greater opportunities in the sense of internships and volunteering and they provide the most jobs. However, during this economical climate, these companies have been hit the hardest with lack or finances or support.

David Cameron and the Coalition are keen to note how the private sector will pick up where the public sector ended. How is this going to happen? Incentives are needed for both young people and employers in businesses both small and large, which go beyond offering apprenticeships and internships. Young people need support and training before going into employment as well as when in employment. We believe that a mentoring scheme would be beneficial, easy to implement and inexpensive.

South London Jobs Fair has been developed to tackle this ongoing situation and we thoroughly believe that there needs to be more opportunities that place jobseekers in front of perspective employers.