18 November 2008 | Jake Kanter
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged the Government to make it easier for small suppliers in the capital to bid for public sector contracts.
Speaking after a meeting with senior politicians, business leaders and other public sector figures at City Hall yesterday, Johnson set out measures to help London firms weather the economic downturn.
One of his ideas is to expand the use of contract notice websites such as CompeteFor, which enable faster, more effective access to business opportunities. CompeteFor was developed by the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Games deals but Johnson suggests it, and similar sites, could be widened to advertise work in other parts of the public sector.
The Mayor also called on the Government to give London a "fair deal" in the 2011 Comprehensive Spending Review. He wants more funding to improve the capital's public services.
Johnson said: "Today's meeting gives me the opportunity to remind central government how it can help and how crucial it is we work together and rise to the challenges facing the economy in which the capital plays such a major role."