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SME Webinar: Public procurement - all you need to know


21 April 2022


10:00 - 10:45




Public procurement - all you need to know

Public sector procurement has the potential to create significant business and growth opportunities through increased participation for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as improving the public sector’s access to SMEs’ creativity and innovation. This session will give attendees the opportunity to hear expert insights on how SMEs can overcome barriers to participating in public procurement and top tips to bid for government contacts. Participants will have the chance to hear how the CBI is supporting SMEs and how larger firms are prioritising social value within their supply chains.


  • Liz Crowhurst, Deputy Director, CBI Policy Unit
  • Ian Pain, CEO, Horstman Group
  • Maxine Bligh, Commercial Director- Proposition and Transformation, CBI (Chair)

This session will cover:  

  • Key procurement solutions for SMEs and what the CBI is doing to support them
  • First-hand insights into the bidding process including best practice 
  • Exclusive insight into the conversations the CBI is having with the government
  • Resources to support SMEs with the procurement process
  • A case study from Horstman Group on how they have successfully bid for public contracts to drive commercial success.