This centralised guidance for SMEs and departments provides the government’s commitment to support start-ups and small businesses via government procurement, and commit to paying them on time.
Within the document it advises VCSE organisations to register with contracts finder to keep updated on new and upcoming contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies .
Also from 1 January 2021, VCSE organisations have be able to use Find a Tender to view public procurement notices published by UK contracting authorities.
It also explains that the Public Procurement Review Service (PPRS) sits within the Cabinet Office and allows government suppliers and potential government suppliers to raise concerns anonymously about potentially poor public sector procurement practice.
If you have a concern you’d like to raise about a procurement process or a problem with payment on a public contract you can let them know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will investigate for you.
The full revised guidance can be accessed here.