Government trials e-marketplace for offering more contracts to SMEs

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Government trials e-marketplace for offering more contracts to SMEs

Bryan Glick

The Cabinet Office has started a pilot of a new e-procurement system designed to make it easier for small businesses to win government contracts.

The Dynamic Marketplace will allow organisations to register, receive and respond to requests for quotations, and will be trialled for two months before a wider roll-out across Whitehall.

The system is being hosted by supplier ProcServe, and aims to improve the government's ability to buy from a large numbers of suppliers, particularly SMEs, and for those firms to compete for more public contracts.

Jim Knox, chief executive of ProcServe, said, "Everyone is acutely aware of the need to get good value out of every penny that government spends. We look forward to working with government procurement, and other government bodies, to improve the ways in which government does business with its suppliers, large or small."

Government-wide contracts negotiated as a result of bids through the Dynamic Marketplace will be made available to all Whitehall departments through an e-marketplace, also to be hosted by ProcServe, to gain the cost benefits of scale that centralised buying can bring.

The government has been criticised for spending too much money with large IT suppliers, and has committed to putting at least 25% of its purchasing through SMEs.

 

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