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Budget 2009: Help for SMEs confirmed

Small construction firms will be helped to win their share of public sector work by a series of Government initiatives this year, Alistair Darling pledged in today’s Budget.

The chancellor reconfirmed the Government’s commitment to helping firms of all sizes win contracts. In late 2008, Anne Glover advised the Government to help smaller firms by adopting a range of measures to make applying for Government contracts a simpler, more transparent and more easy to measure process.

The Budget report states: “Following the recommendations of the Glover Committee, the Government will introduce a series of reforms by the end of this year to improve access to Government contracts for SMEs.

“These include the measurement of SME spend, flagging SME-friendly contracts, guidance and tools for simplified pre-qualification procedures, and training for procurers and SMEs. A single, free of charge, opportunities portal will be delivered by December 2010.”