UK Gov 50% of new tech spending must be SME suppliers

English: British Government Service Ensign

The UK government has a stated goal of 25% of all IT spending currently but has not been able to meet that goal as it only has achieved 10.5% and now they have decided to double down and attempt to get 50% to SMEs. This is a very ambitious goal. They have removed the pre-qualification step of tendering for contracts up to £100,000. The G-Cloud initiative is going to continue to build barriers for SMEs to enter the market. “Competition in procurement will be encouraged with no like-for like extensions to existing contracts. Programme will be disaggregated for commercial purposes – broken down into components supported by the market to enable many suppliers to bid,” the report added.

UK Defines SMEs businesses with less then 250 employees.

Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers • The Register.

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