Government plans to streamline procurement process paves the way for SMEs to access massively lucrative public sector contracts.
SBEE Bill procurement consultationThe current initiative, inviting feedback and opinion, closes on the 13th November and forms part of the new "Small Business, Enterprise and Employment" (SBEE) Bill designed to help small businesses gain better access to public sector opportunities. With an annual spend of £230bn, UK public sector procurement has the potential to create significant business opportunities for the UK business scene, particularly among SMEs (Small and Medium sized enterprises). This has now being recognized. With the latest Government consultation focusing on procurement it's becoming abundantly clear that Small to medium sized enterprises have a real opportunity to unlock the potential for Government to access their creativity and innovation. This initiative highlights the fact that Government now recognizes that SMEs have found bidding for public sector contracts a time-consuming, costly and bureaucratic process until now. Among the questions the Government is inviting feedback on, include:
- How do you ensure an efficient and timely process for public sector contracts?
- How do you ensure that considerations of small businesses are integrated into the procurement strategy?
- All but the most complex central government procurement contracts should be delivered within 120 working days - should this policy be applied across all public sector procurements? Can you identify and explain where Lean sourcing principles may not apply?
- In your opinion what existing practices in public sector procurement result in unnecessary delays or additional costs?
- What do you believe is the minimum number of days required for submitting a full Invitation to Tender response?
- Can you identify specific areas of the procurement life cycle where you think the public sector can improve?
- What resources should the public sector commit to the management of contracts?