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More SMEs for government suppliers: Liam Maxwell's three-step plan

The Guardian - The idea of getting more SMEs into the government's roster of suppliers ranks somewhere alongside kittens and rainbows in terms of popularity. But it's easier said than done – central government IT continues to be dominated by the usual suspects.

Liam Maxwell, the government's director of ICT futures, is the man charged with getting the public sector to use more small suppliers.

But with the spectre of 'doing more with less' haunting many government departments, can IT minnows really deliver the economies of scale that the stretched public sector needs?

Maxwell thinks so. The idea that SMEs can't deliver the required savings is "fundamentally not correct," he told Guardian Government Computing at the recent Cloud Expo in London. "You do business with SMEs, you get a better deal."