UK Government Wants Small Tech Firms to Win “Fair Share” of Government Contracts

Oliver Dowden at Codebase

MP Oliver Dowden says he wants to help small and innovative businesses to thrive so they can help government tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.

The UK Government’s Minister for Implementation visited Edinburgh yesterday to discuss the role small tech firms can play in the Scotland’s future.

During his visit, Oliver Dowden stopped in at the University of Edinburgh and CodeBase, the largest technology incubator in the UK, where he met entrepreneurs who have launched a variety of successful tech firms.

He said: “Across the UK, we have wonderful businesses making incredible steps forward in a range of technologies.

“And I want to help those small and innovative businesses to thrive so they can help us tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our society today.

“That’s why we are working to make sure small businesses are able to get their fair share of government contracts, because that will benefit both the country and businesses like those I met today.”

At CodeBase, the Minister met Stephen Coleman, who co-founded the organisation, which has now supported more than 400 small businesses.

Coleman said: “It was really good to talk to the Minister. He seemed to understand that start-ups are a critical part of the economy.

“And he understood that creating a culture of ambition and collaboration, like we have at CodeBase, is critical to the sector’s success.”digital transformation 2019 bannerThe Minister also visited the new UK Government Hub in Edinburgh. The hub, which is still under construction, will provide a base for about 2,600 civil servants from more than 10 UK Government departments from 2020.

It is hoped that the development will save taxpayers money and create new job opportunities in Scotland.



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