DEFRA – the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – has launched The Food Marketplace, a platform for buyers and suppliers of food to source and advertise products and services. The aim is to connect producers, suppliers and caterers with public sector buyers. The portal offers standards advice and guidance to provide the balanced scorecard assessment. The scorecard, for the first time, brings a consistent buying approach across the public sector. Suppliers can register, buyers can search for suppliers and they can measure themselves against the balanced scorecard. The Balanced Scorecard will help anyone supplying to the public sector to gain a better understanding of the requirements procurers are looking for.