- Published on 12 / 03 / 12
Government Minister “Wants More Redferns”
|Francis Maude speaking at the Public Procurement Briefing 2012|
In his keynote speech to an audience of government officials, SMEs and major PLCs, Francis Maude announced a range of new policy commitments and reviewed the Government's progress over the first year of its SME Agenda.
Maude said: "A year ago the Prime Minister and I launched a package of radical measures to increase opportunities for SME suppliers and to give us access to SMEs creativity and innovation, with the ultimate aspiration that we would deliver 25% of our central Government procurement spend through SMEs by the end of this Parliament.
"Government contracts don't have to be, and often shouldn't be, so big and complicated. Redfern Travel is a great example. We split Government travel into two lots enabling SMEs to bid and Redfern won the contract for domestic travel.
"What's more they offered a price that is a saving of over 70% compared to current costs- saving us over £20 million in four years.
"I want many more Redferns."
Francis Maude's full speech can be read at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/sme-procurement-event-francis-maude-speech
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