Amid the current controversy surrounding last week's Public Advisory Select Committee report on UK government IT, eProcurement specialist ProcServe has announced it has been chosen to host the Government eMarketplace, designed to help SMEs get a foot in the door when it comes to doing business with the government.
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The government's new centralised procurement organisation has already committed to saving £3bn per annum by March 2013 through leveraging the combined buying power of departments to get better deals, which will be made available through the eMarketplace.
ProcServe will also be piloting a new 'Dynamic Marketplace', where SME resellers will be able to register, receive and respons to requests for quotes.
The trial service is designed to improve the government's ability to engage with large numbers of suppliers and enable them to compete for more public contracts. It will be rolled out more widely should it prove a success.
ProcServe chief exec Jim Knox said the firm was "acutely aware" that the government had to squeeze maximum value out of every penny in its budget.
"We are pleased to have a key role in delivering the government's new procurement strategy, which could deliver huge benefits. We look forward to working with Government Procurement and other bodies to improve the ways in which government does business with its suppliers, large or small," he added.