Public Sector Contracts Finder Application Launched for SMEs

In the past many small businesses who are capable of offering real cost savings to government departments were actually discouraged from entering the bidding process. Now however the Government aims to provide SME’s with 25% of all contracts on offer.

Contracts Finder lets users browse through:

1.    ‘Live’ opportunities to tender for contracts
2.    Closed tender and contract document
3.    Contract awards of contracts to suppliers

The new application is just another way that Government departments are aiming to cut their budgets. Last year Government departments across the board were forced to make spending cuts of around 20 – 25% following the Comprehensive Spending Review and leading IT analysts predicted at the time that vast savings could be made through greater outsourcing and back office consolidation.

Sarah Burnett, a senior analyst at Ovum, said that \”Demand for off-shoring will grow as a result of the government\’s negotiations with existing IT suppliers to deliver the same for less. Off-shoring is one way for suppliers to deliver the requisite cuts in prices.\”

The Director at Burnt Oak Partners, Robert Morgan, said that “off-shoring is absolutely not the only way to meet targets. The waste is within the old system and it can be consolidated. The removal of duplication across departments through shared services is an attractive option. You can take out 80% of costs if some back offices come together. Departments always hire too many people upfront for projects and often end up paying many for twiddling their thumbs. Also, you cannot send applications to a country that does not have a solid data protection act.\”

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