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18 March 2013 | Anna Reynolds
Suppliers to the public sector will only have to register once on a centralised system to gain access to government contracts.
The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has awarded a contract to supply chain services provider NQC to develop a single supplier registration form.
Currently, suppliers to the public sector have to register on several systems to be able to view and tender for business opportunities. This will replace those existing platforms that have more than 80,000 registered suppliers and almost 80,000 purchasers using it.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a statement: “We’ve always said we want to simplify the procurement process and it won’t make it easier for new suppliers to bid for government business if we’re asking them to register on several systems in order to access these opportunities.
“It’s simple and innovative; it will reduce the time and cost spent tendering for government business – especially important for SMEs – and will improve how we share analysis of supplier financial information across government.”
Maude added the award of the contract to NQC, an SME based in Manchester, is an example of how the government is providing more opportunities for small businesses to do business with them.
The new registration platform will be available from April for suppliers to the health service and will extend across other parts of the public sector in the following months.