Government Contracts Available, But Many Small Businesses Failing To Crack Public Sector
94% of small businesses don’t think civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how they can meet their needs
UK small businesses are struggling to win public sector contracts despite government attempts to make the process easier, according to a report by techUK.
The survey of 171 small firms revealed that 94% don’t believe civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how smaller enterprises can meet their needs – suggesting more engagement between businesses and the government earlier in the commissioning process is needed.
A lack of accessibility to existing services was also hinted at, with 86% admitting they hadn’t used the government’s Mystery Shopper Service – while 65% think the government’s Contracts Finder hasn’t open up any further opportunities.
Naureen Khan, director of public services, said:
“There is no doubt that British based small businesses have a key role in driving innovation in government. It’s clear that changes must be made to develop simple and accessible procurement processes and our survey findings show that we need swift action to ensure the public sector benefits from harnessing the very best of UK tech.”
Ben Gummer, minister for the cabinet office, said:
“Small businesses are a central part of the government’s efforts to improve innovation and modernise our public services so that they work for everyone. That is why we are committed to spending £1 in every £3 of government procurement spending on small businesses by 2020.”