We are pleased to announce that Owner-Director of Flying Penguin Enterprises, Nick Wilton, has been selected as the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) representative for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). As well as the day-to-day running of Flying Penguin, Nick is also Head of Government Relations and Technical Standards at the IAAF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation) and sits on the Federation of Small Business’ National Trade and Industry Committee, so he is a well-qualified voice on the board of the LEP. In a recent article by the Bristol Post, Nick outlined the main obstacles facing SMEs in Bristol today. Speaking about his aims and objectives as SME representative, he said that his main focus was to bridge the gap between Government support for SMEs and the obstacles to SMEs winning government contracts. As Director of Flying Penguin Enterprises, Nick has many years of experience of procuring and executing large public sector contracts.
“public sector and humanitarian sector procurement are areas where I’ve done a huge amount of work and will continue to do so.”
In the article, Nick highlighted the disparity between government policy and rhetoric, and the reality on the ground.
“The MoD for example talks about engaging with SMEs in the supply chain but at the same time there’s steady reductions in head count, which is resulting in pressure to rationalise the supply chain.”
We are a relatively small aftermarket and automotive parts company, with an annual turnover of only £2 million. Some of our direct competitors, big players like Euro Car Parts, Unipart Automotive and Andrew Page, can turnover closer to £200 million per year. And yet, we compete for large public sector and humanitarian contracts. Our customer-driven approach and flexibility allow us to ‘box clever’ and compete in a way that we never could price-wise. Nick wants to use his experience and his new role on the board of the LEP to make it possible for other SMEs to compete and stop them being priced out of the market. He is very optimistic about the future of SMEs in Bristol, describing it as “pregnant with possibility.”
“With its traditions in enterprise and innovation remaining present in the city today, Nick feels that nowhere is better placed than Bristol – culturally and geographically – to benefit from the brave new world of business and become a thriving hub of SME success.”
To read the full Bristol Post article, click here. If you would like to know more about our work at Flying Penguin Enterprises, please do no hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly staff will be happy to help.