The Centre of Entrepreneurs launched its Spend Small initiative last week, which includes its Local Authority Index (compiled with the Spend Network). The Index tracks UK local authority procurement with smaller companies, a declared government aim (though one not always matching the facts on the ground). Monmouthshire County Council topped the index with a 25.06% spend with SMEs. Last (of 150 measured) was Barnsley Borough Council with just 4.17%. The launch was featured in The Times, The Telegraph and many local papers.