The challenge of competitive procurement: Value for money versus small business support

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Both UK government and small firms believe that public sector procurement is a good way of helping to support small business and may even lead to improvements in service delivery. The article begins by examining the extensive government literature on procurement-related policies and initiatives, followed by a brief consideration of the SME policy context. It then presents and discusses evidence of procurement practice from public sector organizations, and assesses the implications for the small business sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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