A Quarter of Government's Business Should Go to SMEs, Says Prime Minister

David Cameron has said his ambition that contracts covering 25 per cent of the products and services purchased by the Government should go to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and that many more contracts should be won by charities and social enterprises.

The Government is to scrap the pre-qualification process for lower-value procurements, and are introducing for the rest a straightforward questionnaire that only needs to be completed once for common goods and services it is looking to buy.

To help this come about, the Government has started to publish every central government contract worth more than £25,000 and has launched a new online Contracts Finder tool which will display every central government tender opportunity.  The site has an e-mail alert facility attached so that potential bidders can be kept informed when new opportunities come up.


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