Government makes Contract Information Free to SMEs
Small businesses can now search public sector contract opportunities for free on Supply2.gov, the national lower–value contract opportunity portal, following a Government decision to stop charging firms to use the site.
Launched in 2006, the website allows registered small businesses to search for public sector contracts across the UK that are worth up to £100,000 and receive daily email alerts matching them with opportunities. Businesses can also obtain guidance on public sector procurement, and advertise their supplier profile to promote their business.
Until now, firms have been charged £180 a year to access the site, but following a free trial period, the Government has decided to remove the fee altogether.
The Government said that the move will provide small firms with better access to public sector contracts to help their businesses grow.
“We want to support small businesses by making it easier to access the thousands of Government procurement opportunities that are directly relevant to them,”
said business minister, Shriti Vadera.
“Small businesses are facing significant pressure in this downturn and new contracts are essential for their return to growth,” she said. “The free service is an interim step towards introducing a free, single website for all public sector contracts next year.”
Visit www.supply2.gov.uk for lower-value contract opportunities.