Opportunities for SMEs

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Improving access for SMEs is one of the objectives of the 2012 Public Procurement Act. In addition, purchasing from local SMEs is a major policy objective in many coalition and government accords.

Opportunities for SMEs explained

There are a number of practical obstacles that make it difficult for SMEs to participate in public procurement. These include extensive contracts, disproportionate or unclear eligibility requirements, high administrative costs, long-term framework contracts, and a lack of procurement expertise. According to the principles of procurement law, the government may neither favour nor exclude any company, including SMEs. How, then, can contracting authorities give SMEs a fighting chance in public procurements?

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Getting started with Opportunities for SMEs

Many countries have measures (either still in the planning stages or already in effect) for simplifying access to public contracts for SMEs. The 2012 Public Procurement Act has also been amended to provide greater opportunities for SMEs. The most important of the new provisions are unnecessary clustering, mandatory division into lots, and the Proportionality Guide. The basic idea is that smaller contracts will offer greater opportunities to SMEs. Contracting authorities must also endeavour to reduce administrative burdens.

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