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The Welsh Government has published a guide to make it easier for local businesses to bid for public sector contracts.
The Joint Bidding Guide gives practical advice on the benefits and challenges of forming a consortium for businesses that are bidding for contracts and for public sector professionals who are advertising contracts.
Finance minister Jane Hutt, who launched the guide, said that collaboration is key to the procurement reform programme in Wales.
The guide has been compiled by the Welsh Government, the Wales Cooperative Centre and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
Hutt said: “Sometimes Welsh businesses may not have the capacity to bid independently for collaborative contracts. This may also be the case for some large, one-off contracts.
"We have seen some good examples of companies coming together to successfully deliver public contracts in Wales and I want to see this success grow.
"This is an important addition to our public procurement toolbox and I look forward to seeing further examples of Welsh public service contracts being delivered through collaboration."