Government launches portal for public contracts

Small firms to have access to over 7.000 opportunities

More than 10,000 suppliers have signed up to a new government-sponsored service aimed making lower-value public sector contracts more open to small businesses.

Public sector organisations can now advertise their lower-value contracts – typically under £100,000 – free of charge on the government’s Supply2.gov.uk portal, for the first time allowing small companies businesses to view such contracts in a single place.

The government believes the service will help level the playing field when it comes to procuring contracts and reduce the time spent sourcing such opportunities. It estimates there are now more than 7,000 contracts available on the site.

“This is a wonderful step forward…to remove the barriers faced by small businesses when trying to find out about opportunities to work with government,” said Teresa Graham, member of the Small Business Council (SBC) and the Better Regulation Commission (BRC).

“It will provide businesses with a shop window to the lower-value contract market place. Online guidance will also help them to compete for the work.”

The new portal was developed from a report authored by the Better Regulation Taskforce and the Small Business Council. The Small Business Service (SBS), backed by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), procured BiP Solutions Limited as a service provider to build, maintain and develop the portal.

Supply2.gov.uk was officially launched today at the B2B London exhibition at Earl’s Court. This will be followed by a series of regional roadshows throughout the year to offer help and tips for small businesses on using the portal.

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