The government’s Small Business Service (SBS) has appointed BIP Solutions as its service provider to develop and manage a new opportunities portal for lower-value public sector contracts.
BIP Solutions will be responsible for designing and building the portal, as well as generating and maintaining buyer/supplier interest in it. The contract will run for five years.
Barry Gardiner, DTI minister for competitiveness, said, “With more supplier choice available in the one place, the new portal will make public-sector buyers seriously question whether they are getting value for money from their current range of providers.
“The portal will save buyers time and effort in sourcing new suppliers, and help them provide public services more cost effectively.”
The new portal, to be launched this spring 2006, is the first UK government-backed on-line service for publicising lower-value public sector contracts, typically under £100,000.
All UK public sector organisations will be able to publicise their contracts on the portal and, for the first time, all businesses will have access to these contracts in a single place.
Once registered, businesses will receive alerts relating to new contract opportunities.
The services offered by the new portal will be available to businesses through the businesslink.gov.uk website.