UK Public Sector to Flag Tender Opportunities for SMEs

“Tendering opportunities thought especially suitable for SMEs or consortia of SMEs should be flagged by the procurer during the advertising process.”

This was a key recommendation in “Accelerating the SME Economic Engine” (The Glover Report).

The OGC has now published Small Supplier Big Opportunity / Flagging your Contracts to SMEs which asks public sector procurement to follow this by flagging tender opportunities deemed suitable for SMEs.

Reasons for SME flagging will include:

  • Strong SME market presence
  • Low contract value / volume
  • Innovative solutions
  • Tailored product / service
  • Local delivery
  • Limited scales economies
  • Unregulated market

It’ll be interesting to see how it works.

Please post any thoughts or experience of this.

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