Removing SME Public Procurement Participation Barriers in Wales

Impact Summary for the General Public

Since 2008, Bangor Law School has pioneered research into the legal and risk barriers that inhibit SME participation in public procurement. This has had a transformational impact on 5 substantial non-academic communities: SMEs have benefited from improved access to public contract opportunities; Local Authorities have reduced procurer-evaluation hours and process times; the Welsh Government have implemented a Supplier Qualification Information Database tool improving tender-entry for SMEs; Representative Bodies (e.g. Confederation of British Industry) have extensively quoted our research findings to lobby Government to eradicate SME tendering barriers and our Tender Review Instrument has been adopted by International Agencies such as the Canadian Government.