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Interserve tops government report on small business spend

by Interserve Press Office | Aug 23, 2013

The Cabinet Office has revealed what many of the main construction contractors spend with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on central government projects – with Interserve, the international support services and construction group, leading the way.

Interserve was at the top of a list of main contractors cited in the Making government business more accessible to SMEs: Two years on report, with some 70 per cent of its supply chain spend awarded to SMEs when delivering work for central government clients.

The report highlighted that SMEs are important and increasingly valuable members of Interserve's regional business offering.

View the full report.

Interserve Executive Director Bruce Melizan was quoted in the report and said:

"Local is not just about being more sustainable, it is about a lasting positive impact on the local economy, which is why over the last year over 70 per cent of suppliers we used for public sector contract in the UK were from the SME community."

Where possible, Interserve has modified its procurement systems to allow the future identification and tracking of activity with SMEs within its supply chain. This is supported through its standard tendering process which asks suppliers to provide examples of using SMEs in their own supply chains as well as actively seeking to identify, with existing key suppliers, opportunities for further engagement.

In addition, Interserve holds regular events where potential new suppliers have the chance to showcase their capabilities to the company's procurement teams to improve visibility of opportunities.

Interserve launched its SustainAbilities plan in March 2013 which lays out a comprehensive set of goals and targets, including how the Group interacts and adds value to communities. To view the plan, visit www.sustainabilities.interserve.com.

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For further information please contact

Nigel Charlesworth
Head of Corporate Communications
0118 960 2332/07824 482 585
Nigel.charlesworth@interserve.com

Richard Campbell
Capital MSL
020 7307 5330

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. It is one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally, offering advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and front-line services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. The Group employs some 50,000 people worldwide and in 2012 generated gross revenue of £2.3 billion.

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