New Small Business Crown Representative Appointed

The Crown Commercial Service has appointed Martin Traynor OBE as its new Small Business Crown Representative. In his new position Martin will work together with Government departments and Crown Commercial Service to make sure government gets the best value from small businesses and that small businesses have improved access to public sector opportunities.

Martin is the deputy chairman of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, runs his own training and consultancy business and is the former Group Chief Executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Commenting on the appointment Henry Rex, Head of Public Sector at techUK said:

“We are delighted to see Martin Traynor appointed as the new Crown Representative for small businesses. There has been extensive work done to try to reach the 33% SME target spend, but there is clearly more work to be done. Our GovTech SME Survey last year highlighted that SMEs still think that civil servants do not have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs.

There is an urgent need to improve the way government engages small business outside of the procurement cycle in order to improve access to cutting-edge GovTech innovation. Departments across Whitehall are struggling to hit their SMEs targets, and in some cases are actually losing ground on the target compared to last year, and the departments reiterating their commitment and outlining clear steps they intend to take to reach the target is to be encouraged.

We are working with the Crown Commercial Service to implement the recommendations in our SME report. Emma Jones did a superb job when she was in this role and we were pleased to work closely her. And we very much look forward to working with Martin in to help small and growing firms access the public sector market.“

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