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All public bodies to adopt SME-friendly business rules

GOV.UK - A new government consultation will open up business across the public sector.

Plans to make it simpler and easier for smaller businesses to bid for and win work across the entire public sector were announced today by Cabinet Office Minister Chloë Smith.

Accounting for 99.9% of the UK’s 4.5 million businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a crucial engine for growth. Building on central government reforms to make its business more accessible to small and medium sized businesses, and recognising good practice across the wider public sector, the government has today launched a consultation taking forward Lord Young’s recommendations to create an SME-friendly ‘single market’ for public procurement.

View the consultation and find out how to respond.