Entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den personality Piers Linney has been recruited by the government to help the UK’s small businesses.

The co-Ceo of Outsourcery plc, Britain’s leading cloud computing company, will sit on the SME Panel and advise the Cabinet Office on business issues.

This panel was formed in 2011 with the aim of helping small and medium enterprises to win public sector contracts, along with addressing issues faced by SMEs. The members are a broad range of micro, small and medium business leaders from a variety of industries.

Linney, who will be providing insight into the IT sector, commented on his new role, saying: “The public sector provides a massive opportunity for SMEs, which are the engine of the economy.

“The aim of having SMEs account for 25% of direct and indirect central government expenditure is within reach and the G-Cloud framework in particular is a world leading example of how IT procurement should evolve to drive value for money and broaden supply bases to introduce more competition and innovation.”

SMEs in the IT sector are achieving great success

SME IT suppliers are currently providing huge value to the UK economy – particularly the G-Cloud Cloudstore that has accounted for £190 million to date.

Stephen Allott, the Crown Representative for SMEs said, added: “The IT sector is one of the real success stories for government in its aim of helping more small businesses win public sector contracts.

“The SME panel has been doing a fine job in acting as a sounding board for Cabinet Office policies and offering excellent advice at how best to make it easier for smaller firms to pitch for and win government business.

“Piers will offer the board further experience from the IT sector and we look forward to his input.”