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Rise in SMEs winning public sector tenders in Scotland

Tuesday July 24th, 2018

A recent report  by Public Contracts Scotland shows that almost eighty per cent of public sector contracts in Scotland are awarded to SMEs.scottishgovernment_logo

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has, in turn, credited the 2016 Procurement Reform Scotland Act with cementing the position of SMEs as key players across all public sector procurement programmes.

The ‘CivTech’ programme is one example from the Scottish Government’s procurement portfolio that shows the Government has taken a pioneering approach to the procurement process.

Head of CivTech Alexander Holt noted:

“With budgets under pressure and increasing demand, the need for smart, efficient and effective products is ever greater…The Scottish Government is also committed to ensuring that a large part of its tech spend goes to smaller, innovative businesses. This challenge is a gateway to creating solutions to public sector problems as quickly and effectively as possible.”

The ‘CivTech’ programme encourages small businesses to be entrepreneurial. Whether it is harnessing data for NHS Scotland or protecting the environment, businesses are challenged to come up with a solution to open questions, as opposed to traditional tenders which have a more rigid set of requirements.

Lewis McCathie

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