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The Potholes Challenge

  • Monday February 3, 2020

The Potholes Challenge:  Atkins collaboration with the DfT and local authorities.

Accelerating research and development through encouraging SME involvement in the highways sector.

The Digital Intelligent Brokerage (DIB) is a new and innovative approach that encourages technological and product innovation from SME’s into local authority supply chains to help define and address the most complex challenges in the highways sector.   It has received DfT backing as an initiative, and supports multiple local authorities across the UK.  There are therefore multiple client organisations engaged with this challenge.

Our approach simplifies SME participation in local authority procurement through engagement with multiple local authority clients, free of charge, via a simple online portal.   Local authorities benefit from reduced procurement effort through DIB’s ability to match relevant SME’s to solve client challenges.

What’s in it for you?

It is widely recognised that modern innovation and product development is often at the heart of SME’s across the country, but it can be time consuming and costly.

  • Backed by the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and KTN, Digital Intelligent Brokerage (DIB) is a free to access system that simplifies SME participation in local authority procurement.
  • DIB enables SME organisations to access multiple clients with minimal effort in response to sector challenges.
  • DIB’s unique analytics also identifies where collaboration across SME’s could support more innovative solutions; presenting unique solutions to solve individual challenges, whilst also stimulating SME growth and expansion
  • DIB minimises the effort that SMEs need to invest to engage with potential clients across the UK

Follow the link for more information and the opportunity to engage with the Pothole Challenge:<

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