Vince Cable, Business Secretary, says that a quarter of public sector contracts are to go to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Government recognises that small businesses struggle with existing government procurement processes (including documentation and other requirements / qualifications / accreditations).
He said: “Our policy is to ensure that 25 per cent of public procurement goes to the small business sector. We need to give access through small-scale procurement.”
We have seen blatant discrimination against SMEs by some public sector organisations (eg discriminating specifically on size: requiring that a contract must not represent more than 8% of your turnover)… not to mention the requirement to have so many policies / accreditations and the ability to answer very complex questions on business management.
So it will be interesting to see how this works out.
Your views, experiences and comments on government contracts are most welcome.