(4 February 2009)
firms across the UK are being urged to sign up
to the government's Supply2.gov.uk website and
to take advantage of the thousands of government
contracts available. More than 123,000 companies
have already signed up to the website, which provides
an up to the minute database of government contracts
for small businesses wishing to supply to the
public sector. Suppliers
who have signed up to the site receive advice
on how best to access government contracts and
a free daily email alert notifying them of new
opportunities that are relevant to their business.
Secretary of State Lord Mandelson
said: "Every year the government spends many
billions of pounds on public sector contracts.
It is vital that we actively help small and medium
sized companies take advantage of these business
opportunities. In the current economic climate
this is more important than ever. The supply.2gov.uk
website is a crucial tool for this.
"SMEs often have smaller
overheads, local knowledge and great flexibility.
Often they can offer the public sector better
value for money than big business".
Brand Manager Fiona Campbell said: "A recent
refresh to the Supply2.gov.uk website in November
2008 has ensured the site is a more user friendly
platform where registrants can benefit from increased
information and better navigation.
"A key feature of the
service, such as the Daily Email Alert profile,
allows suppliers to match their contract search
results exactly with their business requirements.
Additional resources and information on interoperability
relationships have also become more prominent
on the site in order to further enhance the contract
Numbers of contracts advertised
are currently at 109,500 with Supply2.gov.uk registrants
benefit from access to lower-value opportunities
(typically below £100,000) making them particularly
relevant to SMEs. Examples of public sector buyers
already advertising on the site include local
government, health, education and housing authorities,
emergency services and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
On average there are over 3,000 new opportunities
are advertised each month.