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How to apply for public sector tendering as a small business

The public sector, including the government and local authorities, spend around £284bn each year on goods and services. Yet 75% of small businesses never even apply for public sector contracts. Melanie Bryan guides you through the process.


Whitehall fails its own test, rewarding outsourcers who pay SMEs late

Outsourcers who fail to pay small business on time could be barred from Government contracts. But Whitehall has form when it comes to ignoring its own test, according to research

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Why are smaller businesses still struggling to win government contracts?

Bidding for government work can be a lengthy and costly process, and many smaller businesses don’t have the same resources as larger companies to put together winning bids. Here, Martin Reed explores the issue.


SMEs struggle with public sector tenders

Small businesses are still struggling to win public sector contracts despite the government's efforts to make it easier, research finds.


SMEs fear losing out on public sector bids

Two-thirds of businesses are convinced that their lack of tendering experience will count against them in bidding for public sector contracts, despite the government’s attempts to level the playing field.


SMEs urged to bid for public sector contracts

Tapping into the public sector contract pipeline has just been made that little bit easier following publication of a guide designed to advise small businesses on how to increase their chances of winning bids for government contracts.

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