At the beginning of November, I received a phone call from someone working at Public Service Events, a quasi government body which organises promotional events such as conferences and workshops on behalf of government.
I had, apparently, been identified as an SME too small to bid for government tenders. Aware of the discrimination this caused, certain elements in public service were examining measures to enable freelancers, such as myself, to bid on local and central government projects not exceeding £140,000 (or similar figure) in budget. Various bureaucratic hurdles in the tender process would be waived.
I had come to somebody’s attention as a practitioner of accessible website design. The caller asked if I would be prepared to speak at an event to be held in London on 6th December. As it happened, I had a prior engagement, playing Dandini in the East Leake Amateur Players’ pantomime that week, so I had to decline.
If you look on the PSCA website you will find that the meeting was entitled ‘Skills for the Future –Leadership and Management in the Public Sector’. It’s not quite how I interpreted my caller’s explanation, but is, presumably, the same event.
In the meantime, I have built two more small websites according to accessible principles, for a client in Oman. In Oman note, not UK.
First published 23rd December 2007