Make access to public contracts easier for small firms say SFA

Make access to public contracts easier for small firms say SFA

The Small Firms Association (SFA) is today bringing over 400 small and large businesses together at a special event in the Aviva Stadium.

Business Connect provides a platform for small firms to learn how they can win contracts with larger companies and position themselves correctly to deliver value.

Research with buyers suggests that the public procurement market in Ireland is in the region of €19bn. Today’s Business Connect event offers small companies and suppliers’ insights from procurement experts in large companies, State agencies and the financial sector on how to navigate and secure a large indigenous or multinational B2B customer.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Small Firms Association, Graham Byrne said, "Multinationals currently source €4.5 billion of goods and €5.7 billion of services from indigenous businesses. It amounts to 18% of their total spend on goods and 7.3% of their total spend on services."

He added, "There are huge opportunities for small business to collectively increase that spend, by looking at how we pitch our services, understand how both large and small businesses operate and strive to bring real innovation into our businesses and into what we offer."