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APSCo supports Cabinet Office ministers commitment to SMEs in technology procurement

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has re-iterated that the Government is moving into a "new world" of technology procurement by opening up opportunities to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking at an SME-focused event, Procurement Briefing 2013 - Transforming Technology Procurement through SMEs, Maude said, "We have a long way to go but there are signs these reforms are working. One of our most successful innovations is the delivery of the G-Cloud framework, which embraces open procedures. This is a step change in the way government buys IT. It's quicker, cheaper, more competitive and more accessible to SMEs. As a result, of the 700 successful suppliers on the framework, 83% are SMEs.”

Commenting on Maude’s confirmation of commitment to SMEs, Nick Bowles, Membership Manager and Head of Client Engagement at APSCo said, “It’s great to see that the Cabinet Office is publicly supporting SMEs through Government procurement practices, recognising the essential part they play in the supply chain. This is especially true in recruitment. We would now hope to see the Government following through on its pledge to support access to funding for SMEs' growth and development. The fact that 83% of Government IT suppliers are SMEs is testament to the service and value that smaller providers can offer if given the opportunity.”

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