HP Announces “Support” For UK SMES

Jun 11, 2014

Tech giant HP has announced it is offering an additional 200 services via the G-Cloud framework, aiming to help small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) compete for government business.

The new offerings include secure virtual private cloud, desktop and workplace services, which the firm claims will simplify the procurement process for both G-Cloud users and SMEs, helping them to increase the business they do with the public sector.

HP sources these new services via SMEs and acts as the broker.

“HP’s new G-Cloud 5 offerings provide SMEs with a low-cost entry point into the secure IT services market,” claimed Stuart Bladen, HP UK public sector regional vice president.  

On-going HP Support For UK SMEs

The firm claims that adding these additional services to G-Cloud is just the latest in a series of actions that demonstrate its commitment to supporting smaller businesses.

Last year, it signed the Business in the Community Access Pledge, a move it claimed demonstrated their support for UK SMEs.

Those who sign the Pledge are committing to working to make their businesses fair and open, levelling the playing field for organisations of all sizes with a transparent procurement process.

Previously, HP has signed up to the government’s Prompt Payment Code, which aims to improve the supply chain cash flow for SMEs by encouraging prompt payment.

It also launched the SMEngage initiative in January 2012, which sees the firm work with small businesses to grow their skills and capabilities and use technology to support growth.

“Through our SMEngage programme, HP gives SMEs the opportunity to be involved in public sector projects. Around a third of the companies in our UK supply chan – nearly 600 individual businesses – are SMEs,” claimed Bladen.

HP also works with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the MentorsMe project that allows SMEs access to advice from experienced business people.

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