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SMEs: changes on way to Govt tenders

Monday, July 28 11:32:14

SMEs were today urged to prepare for changes to the way in which public sector services are tendered in Ireland.

InterTradeIreland said that there are changes on the way in terms of new category structures and centralised Government purchasing through the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).

The OGP was established in January 2014 with a key objective to optimise value for money through smarter tendering techniques. It will centralise all procurement expertise with individual bodies ceasing to publish their own invitations and expenditure in key areas, including professional services, ICT and HR, set to be consolidated.

According to InterTradeIreland's Director of Programmes and Business Services, Margaret Hearty: "The public procurement market in Ireland is worth approximately 8.5 billion. Small businesses have been well positioned to date to win the majority of published tenders and have benefitted strongly from a competitive public procurement market. However reforms afoot will present new challenges and we are urging SMEs to adapt; for instance, with larger value contracts being advertised. Even though new category structures are accessible to all scales of suppliers, different approaches may be required to stay in the market, such as forming consortia."

InterTradeIreland have today launched an enhanced range of tender supports to give SMEs the knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in this changing environment and will host a number of Go-2-Tender workshops to facilitate SMEs looking to adapt to the forthcoming changes.

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