“This is yet another report that concludes how difficult it is for small firms to access public sector contracts.
“It is essential that the tendering process is made simpler and more cost-effective to enable greater SME access to the £175 billion of public money available. This is even more important in a recession when firms are looking for crucial revenue streams.
“The government seems intent on using the Equality Bill to make it even harder for small businesses to access these funds by putting extra hurdles in their way. We do not accept that public sector procurement should be used as a lever to promote equality outcomes.”