29 June 2007 | Antony Barton
Guidelines published this week aim to make it easier for small businesses to bid for Scottish Parliament contracts.
In the draft Responsible Purchasing Strategy, which is open to a month-long public consultation, the parliament says it will address remaining barriers to SME participation, maximise sub-contracting opportunities for SMEs and measure, monitor and report on progress.
Among other measures, it will establish a public sector focus group to identify opportunities for collaboration, and review information available to SMEs and procurement processes to ensure they are not over-complicated.
A spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland said he was happy to see a strong emphasis on transparency and fairness and supported the focus on all aspects of professional development.
SMEs and local suppliers are one of the four areas covered by the strategy. The others are: professionalism; environmental impact; and ethical and social issues.
Anyone can submit feedback on the draft document, which is available to download from the link below.