The government-backed Buy-IT scheme, which promote the benefits of IT to small to medium sized businesses, has launched a project to identify best practice for suppliers and purchases aimed at smaller firms.
Under the BuyIT Smaller Firms Guidance Project, the BuyIT group will spend the rest of the year surveying the needs of small businesses and aims to publish a set of guidelines and case studies in April. It will also provide training and set up an advice line.
The BuyIT group includes Barclays Bank, BT, ICI, the National Computer Centre and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Frits Janssen, managing director of the BuyIT Best Practice Group, said: ?Having identified the essential needs of SMEs and the best ways to advise them, the project will develop and deliver a structured programme of measures to improve the quality of IT support.?
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