Government supplies are dominated by a fairly small amount of suppliers. About 20 for IT.
The coalition government has set its stall to place about 25% of government external expenditure with SME suppliers. Remember the government has also decentralised the NHS IT programme by giving the power to buy to NHS trusts. This will open up opportunities for smaller suppliers local to trusts.
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Small IT firms are often seen as more innovative.
But something must change in the way the government buys if this is ever to happen.
City University London has prepared a paper for Computer Weekly suggesting how the government can do this.
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