Industry leaders welcome Welsh Government report supporting micro-businesses

  • 1-25-2012

Industry leaders welcome Welsh Government report supporting micro-businesses

 

Edwina Hart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE support for micro-businesses was welcomed by construction bosses and community leaders.

Business Minister Edwina Hart agreed to implement recommendations from a report on support for the micro-business sector last week.

The report concluded the current regime was too complicated to access.

Mrs Hart last year commissioned the group, chaired by IoD Wales director Robert Lloyds Griffiths and made up of members running micro-businesses (employing up to nine employees) to look at the current regime of support.

This was not just from a Welsh Government perspective, but also that provided by local authorities, the third and education sectors, as well as from the private sector.

Potentially the most challenging in terms of implementation is the recommendation for a Wales Bill on public sector procurement as part of a strategy to encourage more micro-businesses to bid for and win contracts. This will require buy-in across cabinet, as well as the recommendation to establish a procurement commissioner for Wales.

The Micro-Business task and finish group report says: “Feedback received included micro-businesses not being able to compete effectively for public sector contracts, not least the wide differences in public sector procurement process and what is required in the procurement process.

“This represents an unacceptable waste of time, effort and money by both the business and public sector involved.”

ConstructionSkills Wales director Wyn Prichard was pleased with the key findings and told Business Post: “The creation of the group was a welcome step from government.

“With the majority of construction companies in Wales being made up of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the findings in this report could have a positive impact on the industry in tough economic times and we would support the government in now taking forward these recommendations.”

In terms of awareness and access of business support services for micro-businesses the report calls for streamlining and reducing the number of public sector deliveries of business support to the sector; proactively promote access and awareness of business support services and the creation of a single well-recognised brand for access to business support across the public and private sectors.


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