Supply Management: Councils urged to purchase more from small firms to boost economy

Supply Management coverage of Spend Small.

‘The Centre for Entrepreneurs has called on the government to create an annual league table, highlighting the progress made by UK councils in buying from small businesses. The report also recommended that every UK public body should publish all spend over £500 rather than the current £25,000 minimum for some public bodies. It added: “Every public body should link spend data to tenders and contracts awarded to help identify procurable spend.”

Centre for Entrepreneurs chairman and entrepreneur Luke Johnson said: “One of the best ways that government can support small businesses is buying from them. Sadly, many entrepreneurs struggle to win business from government, finding the process to be complex, bureaucratic and tilted in favour of large incumbents.’

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