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Scotland's procurement bill - good news for SMEs?

Aug 14, 2012

An article in the Guardian Professional reports on Scotland's procurement reform bill and its proposals to make public sector market more diverse: "The Scottish Government is proposing to make it easier for SMEs to supply more of the £9bn Scotland's public sector spends each year on goods and services, including ICT. In a consultation on Scotland's procurement reform bill, the government invites feedback about a range of proposals, including that public bodies should "consider and act to facilitate newer businesses, SME and third sector access" as part of their procurement strategy for every requirement. The consultation document says this approach will ensure a uniform approach across the public sector in Scotland. It will also help encourage a mixed range of suppliers and stimulate a varied and competitive marketplace..." To read the full article, click here.

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