Around 50 members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have been hearing about the improved opportunities for them to supply their goods to the NHS.
FSB has been working with the Department of Health and Social Care for over a year on ensuring that the NHS’s new procurement process is SME-friendly.
East of England FSB members were invited to hear directly from the NHS’s procurement team on this new process. The event, staged at the Newmarket Memorial Hall, was hosted by FSB Head of Procurement Tim Colman.
An opening address was given by Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Mr Hancock spoke about the importance of ensuring that the NHS was able to benefit from the innovation and ideas that small firms could offer.
The NHS procurement team, led by Paul Uppal, then explained that its new purchasing process would comprise 11 towers, of which three would suit SMEs.
FSB members asked plenty of questions on the day and have subsequently been supplied with an information pack about the reforms.