19 December 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
More than £1 billion of public-sector contracts have been made available to Welsh businesses via a national website, Value Wales announced today.
The organisation, which was set up to improve efficiency across the public sector, said www.sell2wales.co.uk
was aimed at helping more small businesses win work.
The site advertises high and low value deals and, so far, 56 Welsh public sector organisations have used it to publicise contracts.
Andrew Davies, minister for economic development and transport, said in a statement: "The public sector in Wales spends some £4 billion a year on procurement. The National Procurement Website is an excellent example of Value Wales' continuing work to remove barriers between the public sector and SMEs, making it convenient and easy for Welsh businesses to access public sector contract opportunities."
Mike Melville, e-procurement programme manager for Value Wales, said that businesses could use the site to respond to requests for quotes online, which saves them time and money. He said it also laid the groundwork for the introduction of e-tendering next year.
Launched in 2003, the website was developed by the Welsh Assembly Government in partnership with the Welsh Development Agency. It was the first nationwide online contract advertisement database, driven by the public sector.
An average of £78 million of new deals is published on it each month and the National Assembly for Wales' has made a commitment to announce all of its contracts worth more than £25,000 on sell2wales.
The site, which is free, also gives businesses access to OJEU ads from across Wales, the UK and Europe.