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Doing business with government – public sector procurement help for small businesses

Ever considered a public sector contract? The government has committed to extending its reach amongst small businesses and have set a target of awarding 25% of public sector contracts to SMEs

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Ever considered a public sector contract? The government has committed to extending its reach amongst small businesses and have set a target of awarding 25% of public sector contracts to SMEs. This means it's a great time to explore new opportunities for growing your business by working with the public sector. The Cabinet Office has developed new guidance to help you with the bidding process. Why look to the public sector? Find all the opportunities in one place. The Contracts Finder website is free and easy to use. If you're based in the nations head to: Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales or eSourcing NI. Play to your strengths. SMEs can offer more flexibility, innovation and better value for money. Bidding for contracts under £100,000 is less complicated. Get ahead of the game. Sign up to email alerts on Contracts Finder and register your interest in future procurements. It's never too late to start building strategic relationships. Get access to firms who've been successful at winning similar contracts and learn from your peers. If you've previously experienced poor procurement practice, don't be disheartened. The Mystery Shopper service is there for such bad practice to be held to account. As for the 25% target, the 2011/12 figures saw the government hitting the 10% mark, an increase from 6.8% in 2010/11. Next month, the 2012/13 figures will be released to show just how much small businesses are now benefiting from this initiative. Don't miss out – head to Contracts Finder today to see what opportunities are out there for your business.

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