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.

Accounts & Tax

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.


Growth in the service sector continues to rise in 2017

The British economy looks set to continue recovering as the public service sector reports continued growth going into 2017.

Accounts & Tax

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.

Accounts & Tax

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

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


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.


Employer confidence dips in October

Demand for staff has increased at its weakest rate for a year, raising questions about the private sector’s capacity to compensate for public sector cuts.


Cautious welcome for procurement reform

Small businesses have welcomed the new government initiative to make it easier for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to compete for public sector contracts.

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Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?