Government is firmly on the side of entrepreneurs and by 2020, £1 in every £3 spent will go to small businesses, either directly or through the supply chain.

Robert Barclay, managing director of Fox Feeds said: “Winning a government contract has helped us grow our business.”

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office said: “In the last 6 years, over 2.7 million jobs have been created and almost a million new businesses have been launched by small businesses.

“We are absolutely committed to helping small businesses grow, which is why by 2020, £1 in £3 of government spending will be with small businesses.

“We know there is still work to be done to make it easier to do business with government. I have tasked a panel of business experts from across the UK to advise us on increasing spending with small businesses."

Leading entrepreneur Emma Jones MBE, Crown Representative for small businesses added: "My message to British small businesses today is clear, seize Small Business Saturday and make sure you are ready to bid for and win government contracts.

"Spend today reading the advice online and looking for government contracts. The best place for this is Contracts Finder which is the single portal for contracts worth £10,000 or over. To find out more visit http://bit.ly/2fYV12c