Local firms are ‘missing out’ to multi-national companies

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SMALL businesses and local tradesmen are missing out on major projects to multi-national companies due to the tendering process, business representatives claim.

Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce raised concerns at its latest meeting last Monday that local businesses are not being offered large-scale projects.

Chamber chairman Glenis Brown asked East Lindsey District Council’s chief executive Nigel Howells why the district council could not offer its major projects to local firms.

“We are concerned that projects going to tender are going to businesses from far away and not local ones,” she said.

Mr Howells explained that regulations required major projects to be tendered out across the whole of Europe, which meant that most went to large, multi-national companies.

However he believed that many of those major projects were then sub-contracted to smaller firms - many of which were local.

Other chamber members felt the tendering process was too complicated and time consuming for small under-resourced businesses to follow.

Reverend Malcolm France said: “They don’t have the time, there are too many pieces of paper and the process defeats them.”

However Sid Dennis felt that it was a lazy excuse and said that ‘local businesses have got to learn to be in the modern age.’

Responding to the chamber’s concerns Mr Howells agreed to look into the possibility of organising a training workshop explaining the tender process to tradesmen and businesses.

He also agreed to host the workshop at a convenient time for professional people to attend.