Speaking at the Better Deal for Small Businesses event in March last year Francis Maude boasted that the government was on track to double the amount of SMEs doing business with it, from 6.8% in 2011 to 13.7% by the end of 2012.
But According to the most recent government figures, central government spent 10% of its total budget with SMEs in 2011/12. This is a significant improvement on the 6.5% spent with SMEs n 2009/10 and 6.8% in 2010/11.
But what happened between March, when Maude made the claim, and December? A difference of 3.7% is pretty significant.
One supplier told me UK SMEs, especially in the IT sector, are not benefiting from the Government’s current procurement policies. I wrote last week about the single registration system that the government is designing to help SMEs get involved, perhaps this will improve things.
If you are an SME supplier tell me about your experiences of this?