Last year the Government set goals of spending 25% of its purchasing with small businesses and to simplify tendering: Will the Government be Successful in Backing Small Businesses?
New Suppliers to the Government (NSG), the working group tasked with encouraging small businesses to go for public sector work, feels that the Government is backtracking on its promise. Mark Taylor of NSG said: “The Cabinet Office’s position is that they are working hard on the minister’s programme, but that it will take time because it’s a business development decision. That’s not really good enough,”
There is more on this story at: http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3304154/government-backtracks-on-sme-promise/
So don’t hold your breath…