Online tool to help smaller firms find business with the public sector

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office has unveiled an online tool to help SMEs connect with Government and find out about potential ways to sell to the public sector or to pitch an innovative business idea.

Tendering for Government business in the UK has traditionally been lengthy and expensive, with UK procurements costing twice as much as France and often shutting SMEs out. This new service will allow the Government to engage the market informally before any formal procurement processes have started. It will give suppliers, particularly SMEs, a quick, free of charge way to pitch innovative ideas to save money and improve public services.