Tory plan to open up IT tenders plays well in Cameron constituency


Tory plan to open up IT tenders plays well in Cameron constituency

Simon Quicke

The plans by the Tories to open up large government IT contracts to more players have been welcomed by an IT specialist from David Cameron's own constituency.

Last week the Conservatives unveiled their plans for the IT sector should they get elected later this year with one of the points surrounding the unfair distribution of large IT contracts.

For years the channel has bemoaned the way large contracts are divided between the usual suspects and the Tories, in the hunt for better value for tax payers, want to widen out the number of potential suppliers.

Richard Sparrow, managing director of health sector specialist dataplex, based in Tory leader Cameron's Witney constituency, said opening up contracts to smaller players would benefit the market.

"Government tenders are worth many millions, if not hundreds of millions of pounds. At present, much of this business goes to the larger IT vendors and resellers," he said.

"These big companies effectively act as a closed market, preventing smaller companies from participating directly in the bidding process. Small and medium IT companies are forced to be subcontractors who pay fees to favoured larger businesses," he added.

The Office of Government Commerce has already stated it aims to make life easier for the smaller players but Sparrow said so far he has seen "little sign of it delivering".

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