Commenting on today’s announcement by David Cameron and Francis Maude on overhauling Government procurement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“The complexity and lack of transparency throughout the procurement system has long been a source of disillusionment for small- and medium-sized companies. The creation of a new online tool, the break-up of larger contracts, and greater engagement with those companies the public sector wants to do business with, should provide an environment that allows firms to operate in a more free and competitive way.

“If our businesses are to generate the jobs and growth necessary to sustain a recovery, then it is only right the Government should be looking to award contracts to smaller firms. It is now incumbent on the Government and business alike to ensure that this new system has every chance of delivering what it promises, and not become another false dawn for procurement policy”.