Government is open for business

Government is open for business and wants to work with more small businesses across the UK. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the economy. By 2022, the government plans that one third of its spend on goods and services will be with SMEs, either directly or through the supply chain.

Becoming a government supplier is a great way to make a difference to your business. Companies report an increase in their turnover, higher profits and an expansion of their workforce.


What we’re doing

We are continually listening to what you have to say and we are always trying to making improvements to make it easier for your business to supply to government.

Simpler application processes

We’re making it much easier to become a government supplier. We have listened to what SMEs have to say and made the application process quicker and easier.

Suppliers will be paid in 30 days

You’ve told us that payment and cash flow can be a problem, so we guarantee to pay all valid invoices in 30 days or less.

Listening to your concerns

And if you have a concern you’d like to raise about the procurement process or a problem with payment on a public contract you can let us know via the Public Procurement Review Service (previously named Mystery Shopper) and we will investigate for you. You can even remain anonymous if you want!


Government is open for business - watch the video:

Getting onto government frameworks - it's easier than you think!

Tips for SMEs

“I think as a small business it’s very easy to be daunted by the concept of a framework but the reality is it’s incredibly straightforward”.

Andy Ravan, Kindred, Communication Agency

Pitching for government work and how to stay ahead of the game

Tips for SMEs

“The advice I would give people who would like to access these types of contracts through a third party is to keep your ear to the ground”.

Alyson Pellowe, People Vision HR, HR Service

Working with government and developing relationships

Tips for SMEs

“Building relationships with the government organisations that you work with is very important.”

Tony Richards, Securestorm, Cyber Security

Sign up to Contracts Finder to search and view opportunities to supply to the government and its agencies.

SME Crown Rep Martin Traynor

Martin Traynor OBE - Small Business Crown Representative

Martin works to make sure the government gets the best value from small business and small businesses have the best possible opportunity to work with the government.

Martin has a long history of working with local, region, and central government on economic development, regulatory reform, and procurement. Martin has recently completed two three-year terms on the government’s Regulatory Policy Committee.

See his biography for more.



Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Representative Claire Dove OBE

Claire Dove OBE - Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Representative

Claire works with the VCSE sector to help organisations access the public services market and to understand how to tackle barriers they face. She ensures public sector commissioners are applying the principles of the Social Value Act when procuring Services. Claire has policy support from the Office for Civil Society. See her webpage for more.

SME Advisory Panel

SME Advisory Panel

The SME Advisory Panel, made up of 24 entrepreneurs and leading business figures boasting a wide range of experience, is also working with the government to ensure that by 2022, £1 of every £3 invested by government in goods and services goes to small and medium-sized enterprises. Read more about the panel here.

Help for SMEs

Whether you’re new to supplying to government, or have been a supplier for sometime, we can help you win a contract.

Read how to become a supplier through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS). CCS offers a range of agreements through which central government departments and wider public sector organisations can purchase common goods and services.

Other help includes:

Opportunities to supply

You can also keep up to date with upcoming opportunities: