A free online public procurement course, designed to assist small businesses bid for £220 billion of public sector contracts awarded each year was launched earlier this week.
The course entitled “Winning the Contract” will help small businesses to bid for public sectorcontracts by explaining the procurement process and demonstrates how to submit tenders. Not onlydoes the course deliver help and guidance on the bidding process but it also informs firms on whereto find public contract opportunities.
This tool has been available to small businesses since 2007 at a charge of £49.99. After a reviewof the tool last year, the course has been refreshed and made freely available online to any smallbusiness owner.
The minister for Small Business, Lord Davies, commented that small businesses already sell theirgoods and services to the public sector, however, more could do so. He went on to say:
“Opening up public sector procurement to a wider range of suppliers provides new opportunities forsmall businesses as the UK economy heads towards growth.”
To access the course clicking through learndirect on the Business Link website will direct you to the relevant area.