FSB Wales Business of the month: Richard Carr Consultancy Services

Blogs 3 Aug 2020

Supporting firms to work within public sector supply chains.

Richard Carr

Richard Carr has a track record of passionately backing small business, as well as delivering on the things that help them to succeed.

After graduating from Aberystwyth University, Richard went on to follow a successful career in sales and marketing which then led him to work in further education as a business and management lecturer at several colleges in Wales and England before becoming External Projects Co-Ordinator at Coleg Cambria. He then turned his business knowledge and expertise to the private sector and established his consultancy business, which helps SMEs with the tender and bid writing process.

Richard Carr Consultancy Services was established when Richard decided to seize the opportunity to follow his lifelong ambition to start his own business, supporting firms to work within public sector supply chains.

The public sector procures £300 billion of goods and services every year, and UK Government has set a target stating that one third of this should be from SMEs by 2022. In Wales, only 50% of Welsh Government spent is with Welsh firms, whilst the Scottish Government equivalent spending sits at 80%.

This demonstrates the huge opportunity that is available to Wales’ SMEs to get involved in government-funded projects, and to be a part of some of the huge opportunities that come from working with the public sector.

According to Richard:

“The public sector market offers a big opportunity for SME’s but a lot of them are put off it because of the often complex and time-consuming process that is involved in writing tenders. The good news is that we can take the stress off them and let them grow their businesses while freeing up their time to do what they do best.”

From identifying projects that businesses could bid in for, to providing assistance and training on the bid-writing process, or to writing the bid or tender in full himself, Richard can cover a wide range of services for clients across the UK.

Based in Wrexham, Richard can provide a fully bilingual service in Welsh and English (he also offers English to Welsh translation services). Richard is passionate about helping SMEs realise their full potential by helping them find projects that they might be able to bid into. By using his expertise to steer small firms through the often complex grant and tender process, Richard is helping SMEs across the UK grow and thrive.

Richard will shortly be offering free webinars to help businesses understand more about writing grants and the tender process. You can find out more about Richard Carr Consultancy Services here: https://tendersandgrants.co.uk/