Flying the Flag for Small Businesses

Recommendations first outlined in the Glover Report to help small businesses identify contract opportunities are now coming to fruition. The Glover Report – Accelerating the SME Economic Engine states… “Tendering opportunities thought especially suitable for SMEs or consortia of SMEs should be flagged by the procurer during the advertising process.” Although this idea has been […]

Does Size Matter? SMEs in Public Sector Procurement

The public sector is a potentially lucrative source of business, as the UK spends about £222 billion a year on procurement.  There are also certain advantages to working with public sector organisations; they are required by EU law to be transparent and fair in the way they choose suppliers, they are very stable and reputable, […]

Tories will ‘unleash an army of armchair auditors’ to spend money better

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Francis Maude, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the party would publish online, every item of government expenditure over £25,000 and all government tender documents for contracts worth over £10,000. The Shadow Minister said that he thought that this would allow ‘an army of armchair auditors’ […]