Major revamp of historic markets gets under way

Work on a major £1m overhaul of Middlesbrough’s historic North Ormesby Market Square gets under way this week. The complete refurbishment which starts today follows months of planning and extensive consultation with market traders and local residents. The scheme will transform the square – which is home to the Grade 2 listed… More →

FSB hails victory for small business procurement opportunities

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the Government’s commitment to overhaul the way that small businesses will be able to compete for public sector contracts. Public sector procurement has long been an issue for small businesses, with 70 per cent of SMEs rarely bidding for public sector contracts due… More →

Eaga to be bought for £306m

North-East based energy efficiency firm Eaga will be acquired by support services giant Carillion in a £306m deal. Eaga, which has about 4,000 staff, works with the government and local councils on low carbon energy projects. Carillion said that it had identified the low carbon market as a strategic area of growth. The… More →

Lightning new deals for Darlington firm

One of County Durham’s family run businesses has netted new contracts £200,000 as its reputation in specialist areas grows nationwide. Stone Technical Services, run by brothers Dave and Graham Stone on Kellaw Road in Darlington, provides specialist lightning protection installation to help prevent damage to buildings caused by lightning strikes and… More →

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Small firms helped to bid for procurement ‘billions’

David Cameron has announced a series of measures to help small and medium-sized firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts.

He said the aim was to give businesses greater access to the bidding process by eliminating “excessive bureaucracy and petty regulation”.

Firms should no longer have to input their information each time they apply for a new contract, for example.

The CBI, however, said the government could have gone much further. But what do you think? 

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