Government faces complaints over public sector contracts

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Government faces complaints over public sector contracts

Simon Quicke

Thumbnail image for government john foxx thinkstock.jpgThe revelations over increased complaints come against a background of more determination by the government to get more SME suppliers selling into the public sector to encourage competitiveness and better deals in the hunt for savings as the deficit is tackled.

But with those cuts already having an impact on the number of contracts available the inevitable consequences have been to leave more of those tendering left with a bitter taste of failure.

McGrigors director Stuart Cairns said that with the recession biting public sector contracts were now at a premium: "There are fewer contracts to go round, so disputes over how contracts are awarded have become more frequent and bitterly fought."

"There is a lot at stake. For many bidders the risk of failing to secure a public sector contract can mean the difference between survival and going out of business," he added.

The revelations over increased complaints come against a background of more determination by the government to get more SME suppliers selling into the public sector to encourage competitiveness and better deals in the hunt for savings as the deficit is tackled.

But with those cuts already having an impact onm the number of contracts available the inevitable consequences have been to leave more of those tendering left with a bitter taste of failure.

McGrigors director Stuart Cairns said that with the recession biting public sector contracts were now at a premium: "There are fewer contracts to go round, so disputes over how contracts are awarded have become more frequent and bitterly fought."

"There is a lot at stake. For many bidders the risk of failing to secure a public sector contract can mean the difference between survival and going out of business," he added.


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