"For this to happen we need to improve small businesses' access to the public procurement market by removing the bureaucratic processes and poor payment practices which stop and discourage SMEs from making winning bids for contracts."
Central government progress
Since 2010 central government has been working hard to open up the procurement process to SMEs. For example, burdensome Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) have been removed for almost all central government contracts below £100,000 and some 12,900 contracting opportunities have been published on Contracts Finder to help SMEs spot opportunities more easily.
The government has also introduced a number of SME-friendly frameworks, such as the G-Cloud, to put smaller businesses on a level playing field with larger suppliers.
Some 10.5 percent of central government spend goes to SMEs directly at the moment, but the Cabinet Office has set a target of 25 percent by 2015.
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