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Government publishes guide to help SMEs with public sector contracts

Tuesday 7th December, 2021

The government has published a guide to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) essential information on how to bid for and win government contracts, in support of the recent Small Business Saturday.

This government is intent on giving smaller businesses better access to the £50 billion worth of public contracts, which can include anything from supplying hospital equipment to providing public sector pensions, which are tendered each year, according to a press release.

The guide includes advice on where business owners can look online for Government contract opportunities and also includes tips on how SMEs can make sure they are showcasing their strengths during the bidding process. The guide also gives guidance on how businesses can secure work through supply chains by working with larger companies to help deliver things such as long-running IT or catering projects.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew said: “In the most recent figures, SMEs won more than £15billion in government contracts. But we want it to be easier for them to work with government and this guide, published in support of Small Business Saturday, will help small businesses navigate what can be a complex world of public procurement. That’s why we’re also bringing in sweeping procurement rules changes, to make it easier and more flexible for SMEs to win government work.”

Small Business Minister Paul Scully said: “The Government is leading the way, supporting firms with this new handbook as well as ground-breaking schemes like Help to Grow: Digital which will help businesses to level up with discounted software and free tech support.”

The Cabinet Office has previously announced other measures which aim to level the playing field for SMEs in the Transforming Public Procurement green paper.

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