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Government development of public procurement system welcomed by Forum of Private Business

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

November 22, 2011 | 1 min read

The development of a public procurement system by the Government has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business.

The system will aim to make public sector procurement less legalistic and will allow SME’s easier access to state funded contracts.

“With a budget of around £230b a year, the state remains the single biggest source of work for UK business,” said the Forum’s chief executive, Phil Orford.

“Encouraging smaller firms to compete for access to Government contracts is something we have long campaigned for, and, if successful, should provide a vital source of new income for smaller firms in to the future as the UK economy grows. This should also encourage and hopefully speed up economic recovery next year.

He added: “Competing for public procurement contracts has traditionally been a complicated, time-consuming process, making it an unattractive, remote prospect for small business.

Any reform which simplifies the procurement process, demands fewer man hours and less financial outlay is clearly welcome.”

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