Simpler public procurement processes aim to target SME suppliers

17 October 2014

A Cabinet Office consultation on making public procurement simpler and reducing barriers to encourage public bodies to procure from smaller businesses has been launched.

It is seeking the views of buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders on new powers in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to enable small businesses to gain better access to public sector contract opportunities.

Under the enabling powers the government could usher in a range of measures that would impose duties on procuring authorities, such as running efficient and timely procurement processes. It would also ensure that departments publish details of future projects and contracts on the Contracts Finder website every 6 months “giving businesses the confidence and time to invest in relevant skills, labour and capabilities to win these contracts”.

“We are creating the Crown Commercial Service to advise and negotiate on behalf of all government departments and the public sector, to obtain better value services and save money for the taxpayer,” the consultation reads. “This is to ensure that the regulations made under the power in the Bill help create a simple and consistent approach to procurement across the public sector, so that small businesses can gain better, more direct access to this market.”

The consultation ends at 9am on 13th November 2014.

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