Public Sector

The Public Sector small business archive.


How to apply for public sector tendering as a small business

The public sector, including the government and local authorities, spend around £284bn each year on goods and services. Yet 75% of small businesses never even apply for public sector contracts. Melanie Bryan guides you through the process.

Business management

How small businesses can expand into the public sector

The public sector procurement system is daunting for many SMEs, but in this piece, Penny Godfrey of Millstream reveals how SMEs can make the process easier.


Contractors urged to seek IR35 status to resolve public sector confusion

Organisations in the public sector must now ensure IR35 status rather than the contractor, as businesses are urged to get clued up on new changes.


IR35: Contractors predict public sector suffering as reform lands

Most contractors report that they would stop working in the public sector should they be found ‘inside’ IR35, new research reveals.


Few UK contractors believe public sector clients prepared for 6th April IR35 deadline

Just 4 per cent of contractors believe public sector companies are ready for incoming IR35 changes on April the 6th.


UK’s top 25 public sector employers – as rated by their staff

Oxfam triumphs as the UK’s best not-for-profit, public sector employer, with charities dominating the ranking.


Public sector job satisfaction hits four-year high despite Brexit

CIPD/Halogen survey finds post-referendum optimism among UK employees, but more work needed on development and career progression.

Government Grants

Top ten tips on securing public sector funding

Kevin Lonergan of the Alba Innovation Centre gives tips on approaching grant funding applications and reveals what assistance is out there.

Business management

P3 performance management

Following a successful model is key to the success of any P3 project.


Public sector bad debt on the rise

Late payment by major public sector contractors to small and medium-sized enterprises continues to worsen, research finds.


Public sector employees take more sick days

Research has uncovered a significant discrepancy in absence trends between the public and private sectors.


Procurement reform little help for SMEs

The government’s plans to make it easier for SMEs to apply for public sector contracts have been met with frustration by small businesses.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

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