Eight weeks ago techUK published the results of its fourth annual Govtech SME Survey. The poll of 101 SME leaders provides great insights into the challenges SMEs continue to face when supplying (or attempting to supply) to the public sector, writes Romy Hughes, Director, Brightman. It also provides another level of analysis from which to measure the government’s commitment to spend 33 percent of public sector procurement directly with SMEs by 2022.
The challenges that SMEs face when working with the public sector are already well known (as the 33 percent spend commitment demonstrates). Yet while significant progress has been made to open up the process (starting with the launch of the first G-Cloud framework back in 2012), there is a growing sense that this progress has stalled or even taken a step backwards in recent years.
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