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 2020, 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 Mystery Shopper service, and we will investigate for you. You can even remain anonymous if you want!


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

SME Crown Rep Emma Jones

Representing your interests

We’ve appointed a Small Business Crown Representative – Emma Jones, whose job is to act as a bridge between central government and smaller businesses to ensure the target of spending £1 in every £3 with small business is met by 2020.

Emma is keen to hear what small business have to say and wants to engage with as many SMEs as possible. So, if you’re thinking about becoming a government supplier, take a look at the events and opportunities on her webpage for how to get involved and gain support.

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:

Other useful information