Purchasing service for SMEs
Coordinated purchasing scheme shows promise but requires larger catchment area.
2014–2016 saw Uppsala BIO carry out a pilot project to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by acting as an umbrella body to optimise the pricing of products and services purchased by SMEs so that they can enjoy better conditions. The product category ‘lab products’ was chosen and about ten companies participated in a pilot project during 2015–2016. Its conclusion was that value can be added and services implemented. However, an internal decision was taken not to prioritise this activity. Currently, therefore, Uppsala BIO (or others) does not provide active support. The model is nevertheless viable but a geographic catchment area larger than Uppsala alone is probably required to reach a critical mass of companies.
Financing: Uppsala BIO*
Project duration: 2014–2016
Contact: Erik Forsberg, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Project leadership
* Uppsala BIO’s core funding comes from the regional financiers Region Uppsala, SLU, Uppsala University and Uppsala Municipality, as well as from VINNVÄXT, a Vinnova-funded initiative.
Kristin Hellman. M.Sc., Business Development. “I focus on facilitating interaction between large companies and small start-ups and academic projects in order to accelerate the development of promising new products and technologies.”