LOCAL councils need to simplify the way they deal with small businesses, an MP has said.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has written to local councils across the Portsmouth area urging them to look at the way they do business with firms in the area.
In particular, Caroline, who is the government’s Small Business Ambassador, wants to see the way firms go through the procurement process simplified.
She says this will mean more firms will be able to access local authority and central government work.
She said: ‘Tackling the unnecessary bureaucracy which is restricting small businesses from accessing government contracts and reaching their full potential must be a priority.
‘Local business owners frequently tell me how overwhelming they find the process of applying for a government contract and having owned a small business for the past 20 years, I fully understand their concerns.
‘Helping SMEs to increase their chances of obtaining government contracts is essential to promoting the important role they play in our economy.
‘I hope that our local authorities will recognise this and pledge their commitment to supporting small businesses.’