Fewer frameworks and more ministerial muscle – how government can make good on its SME agenda
The results of techUK’s annual GovTech SME Survey suggest the Digital Marketplace has made a positive impact on access to the public sector tech market but, according to Henry Rex, there are barriers still to be overcome
One pound in three
Government’s long-stated target for the proportion of spending it intends to go to SMEs
Proportion of SMEs that do not believe this goal will be achieved by the current target of 2022
Proportion of techUK survey respondents that feel government does not properly understand how SMEs can meet their needs
Year the Digital Marketplace was launched, replacing the CloudStore
Proportion of SMEs that believe the marketplace has improved access to the public sector market
The barriers for SMEs wishing to work with public sector remain largely unchanged from last year, and include a risk-averse culture in the civil service. The feeling is that government still favours larger suppliers, meaning SMEs do not get the opportunity to showcase their capabilities and show government just how they can meet their needs.
A lack of pre-procurement market engagement and complex frameworks were also identified as being among the biggest barriers for SMEs trying to do business in the public sector.
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