Plans to improve small firms’ access to public procurement

A consultation on plans to make it simpler and easier for smaller companies to tender for public sector contracts has been opened by the Cabinet Office. The proposals are based on proposals made in Lord Young’s ‘Growing Your Business’ report published in May this year. The proposed measures include requiring all public sector contracts worth over £10,000 to be published on the Contracts Finder website, removing pre-qualification questionnaires for low-value contracts and launching standard payment terms for all companies in the supply chain not just for primary contractors. The consultation closes on 17th October 2013.
Read more about the consultation at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-public-bodies-to-adopt-sme-friendly-business-rules

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