To utilise the skills of SMEs on bigger projects, however, it may be necessary to use SMEs as sub-contractors to a main supplier. We actively encourage potential suppliers to sub-contract to smaller suppliers. By doing so, you will be helping us break down barriers to the participation of SMEs in government contracts.
Some of our best suppliers are engaging SMEs by:
supporting prompt payment (a particularly important issue for SMEs)
negotiating appropriate contract terms with their sub-contractors which do not place a disproportionate burden on smaller suppliers
actively seeking out specialist niche firms by holding events or carrying out other networking activities