Small businesses

Small businesses

We are proud to have signed to the Small Business Friendly Concordat.

The Small Business (SME) Friendly Concordat is a voluntary, non-statutory code of practice. The Local Government Association (LGA) strongly encourage all Local Authorities (in England) to sign up to the Concordat.

The purpose of the Concordat is to set out what small and medium-size firms supplying Local Government can expect when tendering for Local Authority contracts.

It is not intended that smaller suppliers automatically be given a competitive advantage when tendering for local government contracts. However, there are steps that we can take to ensure that suppliers of all kinds are treated equally.

The Concordat also sets out the standards that public sector buyers should expect from their suppliers.