What experiences have you had engaging with SMEs?
Sleuth believes information and technology can be better utilised to help councils achieve more with less. SMEs bring proven, creative solutions to the public sector. We would like to know more about how SMEs and councils currently engage with each other, and any barriers they have encountered.
What is your role within the council?
If you are happy to, we would also like to know which council you work in.
How would you find out what other councils are doing to innovate their systems?
Do you believe this is currently the best that is available for this?
What information do you need from SMEs to be able to engage with them?
Have you procured services from SMEs instead of using a legacy system?
If yes, how did you initially engage with them and what lead to your final decision?
Our research has shown that councils are reluctant to take up SMEs offers of a free proof of concept. Is this something you have found?
Expand on why you feel this is, and what SMEs could do differently to more successfully engage with councils.
Where SMEs have been in the running in the past - what has prevented them winning the contract?
What would you advise SMEs do differently for more successful engagement?
Are there any commonalities between those SMEs who are unsuccessful in the procurement process?
Would another councils success with and SMEs solution encourage you to implement the same solution?
If you could start somewhere - what improvements would you make to legacy systems to improve productivity?
For example, are there technologies you use in your personal life which you think would help productivity in councils?
What would successful engagement look like to you?
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