“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.