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Dragon flames the SME outsourcing debate

Piers Linney, BBC Dragon and co-chief executive at the cloud IT consultancy Outsourcery, has taken on a mission to get the Government to help small businesses win outsourcing contracts.

The Dragon has been asked to advise on how small, innovative IT businesses can be helped to win work in Whitehall and to ensure contracts are not just split between the biggest providers. Piers Linney has been asked to join the Government’s SME panel as there are concerns that smaller businesses are shut out of state contracts because of excessive red tape and outdated procurement practices.

With a set a target of 25 per cent of central government spending to go to SMEs by 2015, against 6.5 per cent when the Coalition took power four years ago, The Cabinet Office clearly has a lot to do and engaging with small business owners will hopefully give them insight into what needs to change.

Outsourcery, one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud-based IT and business communications solutions, is looking to turn around its recent poor share performance and to win more business. However, it was announced recently that it had won a deal with a 5 year term with the contract due to deliver £840,000 in annual revenues when fully deployed.

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