public procurement

New Procurement Measures Help Small Businesses

Government measures to make it easier for small firms to access public sector contracts should ease the impact of the spending cuts on smaller suppliers, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said. In the Backing Small Business (PDF) report, unveiled at its recent Summit for Small Business, the Government outlined plans to simplify the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) that suppliers have to fill in to apply for public sector contracts. The new PQQ will be available from 1st December 2010. It also pledged to ensure 25% of new contracts go to small firms with immediate effect, as well as detailing plans requiring public departments to publish data on how many contracts they award to small firms. Many of the measures are recommendations of the Glover Review, carried out by the pre... »