Government launches free website to help charities find contracts

Contracts Finder will show all public sector opportunities worth more than £10,000

Contracts Finder
Contracts Finder

The government has launched a new website aimed at helping charities and small businesses to find public sector contracting opportunities.

The site, called Contracts Finder, will list all such opportunities worth more than £10,000.

Organisations can register on the free site to specify what sort of contracts they are interested in and receive emails about them, the Cabinet Office announced.

Organisations that bid for contracts worth less than £100,000 will no longer have to fill in pre-qualification questionnaires, it said. Organisations that fill in such questionnaires for larger contracts will be spared filling in further questionnaires for similar opportunities.

The government has also appointed the management consultant Stephen Allott as a new crown commercial representative in order to "build a more strategic dialogue between government and smaller suppliers", a statement from the Cabinet Office said.

Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "Today’s changes will help create a system that is transparent and allows small businesses and voluntary sector organisations to compete more fairly for government contracts – helping to drive economic growth at national and regional level, while delivering better deals for the taxpayer."

The government is already paying the National Council for Voluntary Organisations £1.6m over three years to deliver Funding Central, a website that lists grants and contracts available to the third sector and went live in June 2009.

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