Tendering

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... »

Tendering for Government Contracts

Tendering for Government Contracts

The public sector spends a huge amount each year and is always looking for new suppliers. However small your business, there are always opportunities to supply this market. Even if you are already supplying one part of the public sector, it is worth looking for opportunities in other areas. If you’re a small business this guide aims to help you in three ways. Firstly, it will tell you about where to find opportunities within the public sector, how you can bid for work and what are the the further contacts you may need to make. The Small Business Service (SBS) and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) have produced this guide jointly. The SBS is an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, and was set up in April 2000 with the aim of making the UK the best place in t... »