NDA estate has measured that over 21% of its spend is with SMEs.
This equates to over £330 million spent out of our total annual supply chain spend of £1.7 billion.
In 2012, the Government set itself and all public bodies an aspirational target to increase the proportion of spend with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to 25% by the end of the current Parliament.
This challenge was set to more accurately reflect the demographics of the UK business sector and to encourage public sector buyers to use companies best suited to deliver a project irrespective of their size.
Government required its Departments to contribute to this by setting individual targets. The NDA and its estate set a 20% target and developed an associated action plan, agreed by Baroness Verma, the DECC Parliamentary Under-Secretary who is responsible for the SME agenda as well as the NDA.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, recently announced that the Government had spent £11.4 billion with SMEs which equated to 26.1%. The announcement was supported by details which showed the individual performance by Department.
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