public sector

Free Access to Public Sector Contract Opportunities

The Government has encouraged small firms to sign up to its website before 31 July, to take advantage of three months’ free access to public sector contract opportunities listed on the website. Launched in June 2006, the website allows firms to search for public sector contracts worth under £100,000, receive daily email alerts matching them with business opportunities, and access guidance on public sector procurement. Businesses can carry out local contract searches for free, but are charged £180 to make nationwide searches. However, SMEs which sign up to the website before 31 July will receive three months’ free access to approximately 3,000 public sector contracts across the UK. Once the free trial is over, the site will revert to free loca... »

Feedback Wanted to Help SMEs Win More Public Sector Contracts

The Government has called on small firms to provide feedback on the public sector tender process by taking part in an online consultation on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) website. According to the OGC, the consultation, which is part of the Government’s Glover Review announced in this year’s Budget, is aimed at helping small businesses win more public sector contracts. “I want to be sure that SMEs enjoy the same access to public sector contracts as their bigger counterparts, and I want to learn from their experiences across small and large contracts in shaping future policies,” said Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle. The Glover Review will consider issues such as improving the tendering process, and reducing the barriers that SMEs may face w... »