Earlier last week Home Office published the latest update on their SME Action Plan 2015-2022. In November 2016 26 per cent target was agreed, which has now been increased to 28 per cent by 2022 following analysis of Home Office’s pipeline.
Actions to deliver future SME Spend
Home Office intends to take a list of actions to ensure they reach their set target by 2022. Among a list of intended actions, Home Office’s Social Value Lead has developed a strategy, which includes guidance on the Growth and SME Agenda to ensure that SME Agenda stays at the forefront on buyers list of priorities when considering potential suppliers. Among other responsibilities, the Commercial Social Value Lead will also continuously review Home Office’s pipelines to ensure that SME accessibility requirements are considered where appropriate.
In the next 3 financial years, Home Office has a pipeline of 657 potential procurements which will open opportunities for SME engagement. They have also adapted their Procurement Planning Tool (Atamis) to ensure it captures information on SME opportunities as soon as requirements are registered and have also integrated with the Contracts Finder so that all opportunities would be automatically published.
Home Office continues to disaggregate their largest contracts and use DOS and G-Cloud as their routes to market. We particularly welcome the Home Office’s commitment to use Digital Marketplace as their route to market as one of the key recommendations from our Procuring for Innovation and Growth Report has been to increase procurement through Digital Marketplace.
Home Office has also reiterated their commitment to continue early engagement with the SME community through representative groups and hold market engagements for specific procurements as part of the ambition to reach out to new suppliers.
Risks to delivery of the targets
The plan has also included a list of risks, which could potentially impact the delivery of SME targets. Among others, these included barriers due to Spend Review, Brexit impact on SMEs and potential extensions to existing contracts with non-SMEs prime suppliers and a low risk that CCS SME spend targets could impact on Home Office targets.
We were delighted to see the Home Office's commitment to "continue to promote interaction with bodies who can support SMEs in working with Government such as techUK". We look forward to working together with the Home Office and support them in reaching their SME spend target by 2022.
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