Public Sector Contracts

Government Contracts Available, But Many Small Businesses Failing To Crack Public Sector

Government Contracts Available, But Many Small Businesses Failing To Crack Public Sector

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 ... »

Small Businesses Losing Out on Public Sector Contracts

Small businesses are still struggling to win public sector contracts despite the Government’s efforts to make it easier, the latest figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show. The tendering process for public sector contracts is too complex according to 40% of small businesses. This is one of the key findings of the Voice of Small Business survey of FSB members in England conducted in March 2012. In addition, 37% of SMEs think that public officials sideline small business and believe that bigger firms must be better. The survey of more than 2,700 FSB members showed that although one in seven firms had bid for a public sector contract in the past year, 41% of these firms had failed to secure any business from any of the bids they had submitted. These findings come despite th... »

SMEs still need help according to report by House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group

SMEs discouraged from bidding for valuable public sector contracts

> Complex, costly and outdated tender process disadvantages SME sector, finds new report Valuable public sector contracts are still proving hard to win for Small and Medium Sized enterprises (SMEs), despite Government policies and interventions, reveals a new report from the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group (APPSBG), published today. The APPSBG report – supported by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) – recommends that barriers still need to be removed to help SMEs win public sector contracts, which are often seen as complex and costly, despite recommendations made in the Glover Review. Announced in November 2008, the Glover Review (2.39Mb PDF) advised the Government on how to help small firms, which account for 99.9 per cent o... »

Public Sector Contract

Roadshows help improve tender chances

A series of roadshows run by will offer SMEs tips and advice on securing public sector contracts. The ‘Tendering for Success’ roadshows are aimed specifically at SMEs and will provide advice on what firms need to look out for in tender documentation. They will also offer guidance on the areas of evaluation that are critical to tendering success. Each roadshow will feature a guest speaker who will offer advice on how SMEs can develop their business with the public sector. Attendees will also learn how to improve their tender submissions in order to make them stand out and receive hints and tips on presenting. Confirmed speakers for the events include the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s head of supply chain, David Griffiths, and’s i... »


SMEs struggle to access Public Sector Contracts

Small firms are struggling to access public sector contracts, with nearly three–quarters admitting they never or rarely bid for government work, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). A joint survey of more than 500 SMEs by the FSB, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), found that small firms still face considerable barriers when it comes to winning public sector contracts. The research found that more than three–quarters of SMEs still find it difficult to find out about government opportunities, while more than half feel that the tendering process and timescales require too many resources to respond effectively. The findings come despite Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pledge in t... »

Small Businesses get Free Access to Public Sector Contracts

Starting today, Small Businesses will receive free access to thousands of public sector contract opportunities. The move is a trial by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) to open up the tendering process to the UK’s SMEs. From today until 31st July 2008 the Supply2Gov website will allow new registrants free access to public sector contracts valued at under £100,000. The free trial is part of the former DTI’s Enterprise Strategy released in March, which proposed new measures to ensure a greater share of government business was available to the UK’s small firms. The 3 month free trial will allow new registrants access to over 3000 new contracts that are available every month and will not limit bidding for contracts to a local level bu... »