SMEs could bid for billions

DAVID Cameron recently 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 did bdaily readers think?

Out of 68 votes in last week’s poll, only 25% agreed new measures are a bold move in the right direction, while a majority 40% believe the government needs to be far more radical for the new push to work.

Meanwhile, 35% of bdaily readers sat on the fence and said they weren’t convinced either way.

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Protecting your ideas

Ahead of Design Means Business 2-day conference in a couple of weeks, Design Network North wants to know how Intellectual property has impacted on your business.

Bob Elliott of leading North East law firm Crutes will run the website design workshop on the second day of the prestigious event, which takes place on March 15 and 16 at Sage Gateshead. He will be investigating the rights of individuals or companies regarding website content, legal action to prevent others using material without consent and ownership, when an external website developer or designer is involved. Bob said: “A website is an asset that businesses and individuals are entitled to protect against theft. This workshop will show businesses how to look after this asset and prevent unscrupulous competitors from stealing ideas.”

Here at bdaily, we want to find out how big an issue intellectual property is for our readers. Can you choose of the three areas that has directly effected your business the most.

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