BESA consults with the government on SMEs

Panel of business leaders to work with the UK government to increase spending on SMEs

The legal and commercial director at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is one of a number of people working closely with the UK Government to increase spending on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), including air-conditioning suppliers and installers.

A group of 24 representatives from leading businesses and organisations have met with government officials to discuss future investment in SMEs. The panel of professionals included BESA’s Rob Driscoll, who is representing the electrical and building services engineering industry.

The first meeting between the government officials and the consulting panel took place last week. The panel is there to advise the central governmental administration on how it can meet its proposed target of investing £1 out of every £3 into British SMEs by 2020.

According to official numbers from the Cabinet Office, over £12 billion of the central government’s procurement spend was received by SMEs in the year 2014/15. This accounted for 27% of all procurement spending, which bettered the government’s target of 25%.

The aim is to increase this percentage to 33% by 2020, which would mean SMEs could benefit from up to £3 billion of procurement spending per year.

The minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer, said: “The business experts will play a vital role to help us increase spending with SMEs, which are the lifeblood of the UK economy.”

The experts are there to represent SMEs from all industries, including those working within the air-conditioning, heating and ventilation sector.

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