The UK government has made it clear through policy, procurement reforms and communication that it recognises the value of innovation to the economy as a source of competitiveness, productivity, revenues and profit, writes Computer Weekly. The Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have been working together to lower the barriers to entry to government contracts for SMEs, and to improve payment times. It says “The policy and procurement barriers to the government buying innovative solutions are lower than ever. The next step is to support and train civil servants to build their confidence and capability in selecting the right innovation supplier-partner and to know how to work together to deliver great solutions and outcomes,” placing procurement success firmly in the hands of finding the right, innovative suppliers. Read more here.