08 January 2008 | Paul Snell
The push for greater public sector collaboration could damage domestic firms' chances of winning contracts, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC).
The business group said increased bulk-buying by public sector groups could damage SMEs' chances when competing for contracts with larger organisations.
Liz Cameron, chief executive of the SCC, said in a statement: "In a country where 95 per cent of businesses have 10 or less employees we are keen to ensure micro-businesses can also get their share of the cake.
"The reality is that at grass-roots level there will be no advancement towards opening up public procurement for smaller and local suppliers unless there is a wholehearted embracing of this concept, a true minimisation of bureaucracy and a transparent approach to welcoming small-scale bidders in the procurement process."
She added public sector buying would need a "massive culture change" if it was to encourage small companies to grow.