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Government Departments: Procurement

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many contracts have been awarded through the supply2.gov website in each year since its creation; and what proportion of them were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises. (253636)

The supply2.gov.uk site offers consolidated access to public sector opportunities and allows businesses to search and view open lower-value contract opportunities in a single place. The portal seeks to bring a greater level of transparency to public sector opportunities, enabling more small businesses to access opportunities that had historically been difficult to identify. It does not measure contract awards and consequently no estimate of the number of contracts awarded, or the proportion won by SMEs, through the site are available.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many contracts have been awarded through the CompeteFor website in each year since its creation; what proportion of those contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized companies; and if he will make a statement. (253637)

The CompeteFor portal was only launched a year ago. It is early days in terms of contract opportunities as it is designed to capture contracts predominantly in the Olympic supply chain. 217 opportunities have been awarded that have been advertised on CompeteFor and 60 per cent. of these were to companies on CompeteFor. 82 per cent. of the contracts awarded to CompeteFor companies were to SMEs. In total 1,700 opportunities have been posted on CompeteFor and 850 of these opportunities have been posted since 10 December 2008.