Fujitsu UK makes it easier for SMEs to get a slice of its business
Government wants more SME suppliers working alongside traditional large vendors
By Antony Savvas | Computerworld UK | Published: 09:15, 02 December 2013
Fujitsu UK & Ireland has committed itself to making it easier for SMEs to do business with it.
It says it wants to level the playing field for SMEs to access its supply chain by taking The Access Pledge, an initiative of Business in the Community.
Fujitsu's public declaration in support of SMEs comes shortly after Fujitsu published the findings of its Collaboration Nation study, which set out to find out what barriers exist to SMEs and large enterprises working better together, and to help identify ways to improve.
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By taking The Access Pledge, and working to make their business "fair, transparent and open", large businesses are allowing SMEs to compete for their business on a level playing field.
Fujitsu joins the likes of HP, which signed up in August, Wates Group, Network Rail and Santander in signing the pledge.
Fujitsu says it is already taking steps to make its procurement more open, fair and transparent for its existing SME partners with the creation of an SME Charter.
Gavin Bounds, chief operating officer for Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said: "Smaller, agile businesses bring creativity and innovation, and add value to our own skill set. Signing the Access Pledge demonstrates our commitment to working with small to medium sized enterprises, as well as our passion for responsible business."