MOD Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022
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The MOD says, "The SME Action Plan explains the measures which we will take to improve our procurement spend with SMEs by working with our major suppliers to remove barriers and improve access to opportunities for doing business with defence."
The Foreword to the Action Plan is from Chief Commercial Officer and MOD’s SME Champion
"Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the UK economy, fuelling economic growth and providing more than 15 million jobs. At the Ministry of Defence, SMEs also play a vital role in helping to deliver efficient, effective and affordable equipment, services and support for the Armed Forces.
As the MOD’s SME Champion, I am passionately committed to making sure that this department takes a robust approach to improving how we engage with smaller businesses. The SME agenda is one of our priority issues, and I am pleased to introduce our SME Action Plan which outlines the approach we are taking both within MOD and working jointly with our industry partners.
This Action Plan explains how we will improve our procurement spend with SMEs, by working with our major suppliers to remove barriers and improve access to opportunities for doing business with defence. It addresses behavioural, policy and process change. It also includes information that I hope will help you directly - information about MOD, what we procure and most importantly where to find our opportunities.
Progress against the Action Plan will be reported regularly to the Defence SME Forum, chaired by the Minister for Defence Procurement. I have asked for the plan to be thoroughly reviewed and reissued on an annual basis."
Added: 4th April 2019