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Drive to increase SME public sector contracts continues

23 January 2019

Smaller businesses wishing to register for public sector contracts can now do so, as registration has opened for the next round of allocations.

It is part of the government's aim to increase its spend with SME organisations and the contracts involved are those with a value below the EU threshold and are therefore not advertised.

Having introduced new procurement mechanisms, it is aiming to see one third of its annual £220bn spend on goods and services accounted for by SMEs by 2020.

It has developed the Wired-Gov Supplier Locator Service to drive the SME agenda and allow companies to communicate directly with buyers and decision makers across the public sector community.

Those wishing to receive further information on registration, fees and time frames should email or call 0161 938 8136.

Figures from 2016 show than more than £12bn of government spend was accounted for by SME organisations, with efforts continuing to increase this figure.

The Wired-Gov service is now the official distribution channel for more than 150 stakeholder departments and agencies, including national government departments, healthcare, education, local councils and many others.

Its database has grown to over 400,000 managers, senior managers, heads of department, heads of purchasing and others, with information distributed on a 100% requested basis.

More information is also available here.

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