LOW presents its 'Public Procurement for SMEs' policy paper at SME Assembly 2018

LOW presented its 'Public Procurement for SMEs' policy paper at the 2018 SME Assembly, taking place this week in Graz, Austria.

Taking as a starting point LOW's extensive experience (solo and in partnership with other SMEs) in tendering for EC and EU contracts, this policy paper takes stock of the barriers to SME involvement in public procurement tender processes, and puts forward suggestions to overcome them.

LOW's policy paper was presented and discussed during the Public Procurement Masterclass, a session chaired by LOWeurope's Founder and Managing Director, Sally Low; and featuring Angelika Höß of ABZ Bayern e.V., and Robert Miskuf of PEDAL Consulting, as speakers.

The full document is available for download here.

© European Commission 2018

© European Commission 2018

Low Associates secures two million EC contract win

Sally Low, Managing Director of Low Associates (LA), announced today that they had won the European Commission’s two million euro contract to handle the European Enterprise Promotion Awards; the annual SME Assembly; and SME Week for 2016 & 2017. Low Associates were re-appointed for the second time on this programme (having held it previously in 2011-13 and 2014-15) and will serve as the main contractor, with their partner GOPA Com. acting as subcontractors. LA will provide the strategic comms direction; event management and secretariat; while GOPA will manage the promotional programme, including media handling and social media.

 This is the fifth EC win in a row for LA since they were set up in 2009. In 2013 they won an extension contract for the European SME Week 2013; and another EC contract to manage the European Business Awards for the Environment.

“It’s very pleasing for an SME like us to win such large, prestigious contracts from the Commission, especially as we are usually up against some very tough pan-European competition from much larger companies” said Sally Low, LA’s Managing Director. “This success will drive our plans to expand our operations in Europe, especially the development of our Brussels office. To resource this growth we are constantly looking for talented and creative senior specialists who have held senior positions in large organisations, but now want to try a very different, a twenty-first century way of working, whilst retaining the ability to work for themselves on their own projects.”

For more details contact: Sally Low
Email: sally.low@lowassociates.eu
Tel: +44 (0)1223 208655

Notes for Editors:

Low Associates is a strategic communications consultancy who specialise in creating policy-rich events; managing complex programmes; PR & all types of marketing communications; and EU related public affairs. It was founded by Sally Low (former Director of Policy & External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce; and Chief of Staff to Theresa May) in 2009 with her business partner Brendan Bruce (one of Margaret Thatcher’s spin doctors).

They offer a comprehensive range of content, communication, and brand-building services, including: events and programme management, strategic and marketing communications, EU-related public affairs, crisis communications, speech writing and copy writing, media coaching, tender drafting and advice, consortium building and administration.

LA was created using the concept of ‘a community of experienced specialists’ who have occupied senior positions in their field of expertise. They join as Associates, but can continue non-conflicting work on their other projects. A custom-built team is created for each contract from this bank of experts. Although LA does work with some selected UK-based clients, its core strategy is to attract business primarily from clients who have pan-national projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


President of Italy is Guest of Honour at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples

We were honoured by the presence of HE Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy at the 2014 SME Assembly, in Naples on 2 October, which is managed by Low Associates.

He was keen to lend his support to the efforts of the Italian Presidency and European Commission to promote growth through enterprise. He also attended this year’s 'Big Debate' session when the speakers debated whether entrepreneurs need more than just digital technology to be successful.

The SME Assembly brought together over 700 SMEs, business organisations, European, national and regional government, academia and the media. The delegates took part in a wide range of interactive and expert-led sessions on issues as diverse as TTIP; the role of design in business growth; and giving bankrupt businesses a second chance.

This year’s Assembly also included a number of firsts: the first Entrepreneur Expo featuring start-ups from across the EU; the first appearance of 'The Pitch' a session where would-be and start-up entrepreneurs presented the case for financial investment in their idea; and the first ever EC paperless conference for which Low Associates and our partner Hanover designed a dedicated app.