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Drive to recruit public sector SME providers continues

29 March 2018

Following the government's stated intention of encouraging more SME companies to join its list of contractors, smaller organisations are continuing to be sought.

Service providers in a wide variety of areas are now being invited to apply, with the registration period running between May and June this year.

Those registering their interest will be charged an application fee.

It was further explained that the contracts in question will not be advertised as their value is below the EU threshold where this is required, which means there will be no tendering process.

The government is aiming to ensure that a third of public sector contract revenues will be paid to SMEs by 2020.

It claims that smaller companies received more than £12bn of government spending in 2016.

Companies successful in registering will be contacted when a relevant public sector contract becomes available.

Suppliers of a range of services are now sought within the catering and vending, communications, conferences and events, energy and environmental, FM, learning and development, ICT and internet and office solutions sectors and others.

Further information is available from the Wired-Gov service, which has worked with the Cabinet Office since 2000, by emailing

Wired-Gov is the official distribution channel for more than 150 public sector departments and agencies.

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