Our policy on working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

The Government's policy on creating opportunities for SMEs and third sector organisations is to encourage and support these organisations to compete for public sector contracts where this is consistent with value for money policy and the UK regulations, EU Procurement Directives and our obligations under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

To aid SMEs, for open tender opportunities above £164K, we will actively consider splitting the requirements into smaller Lots. If we do not split such requirements in to Lots we will publish our reasons for not doing so within the Invitation to Tender.

All open tenders which could appeal to SMEs will be flagged as such and if they are above £10,000 they will be electronically advertised. We will use Contracts Finder to advertise suitable contracts.