Government Computing asks whether the UK Crown Commercial Service Tech Services 2 framework changes will be more beneficial to smaller businesses in  “Will Technology Services 2 changes open up public sector procurement to SMEs?” Five major central government frameworks are scheduled between May 2018 and 2019, and the UK government continues to stress its commitment to spending one-third of procurement spend with SMEs (directly or via the supply chain) by 2022 (we thought originally it was by 2020). However, as Spend Matters pointed out last month in its Exclusive – Government Spend with Smaller Suppliers is Going Down – that target is not on track. However, as the article states “… September’s Technology Services 2 (TS2) framework has gone well beyond the usual incremental changes and brought in significant innovations which I believe herald a step change in public procurement. If this new approach is replicated in future frameworks, buyers should find them much more appropriate to their needs and SMEs will finally be able to bid on a level playing field for contracts for which they are qualified.” You can read the whole article here.

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