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SMEs and government purchasing in Northern Ireland: problems and opportunities

SMEs and government purchasing in Northern Ireland: problems and opportunities The aim of the paper is to examine the support mechanisms that exist for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Ireland and how access to government contracts can be improved for SMEs. The paper will investigate the rationale for SME involvement in public procurement, as well as drawing upon a series of interviews carried out with government suppliers in Northern Ireland. This paper concludes that even though there are support mechanisms for SMEs at both a UK and at a European level, government tendering procedures need to be simplified to ensure easier access to contracts for SMEs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Business Review Emerald Publishing

SMEs and government purchasing in Northern Ireland: problems and opportunities

European Business Review , Volume 14 (5): 9 – Oct 1, 2002

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0955-534X
DOI
10.1108/09555340210444176
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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to examine the support mechanisms that exist for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Ireland and how access to government contracts can be improved for SMEs. The paper will investigate the rationale for SME involvement in public procurement, as well as drawing upon a series of interviews carried out with government suppliers in Northern Ireland. This paper concludes that even though there are support mechanisms for SMEs at both a UK and at a European level, government tendering procedures need to be simplified to ensure easier access to contracts for SMEs.

Journal

European Business ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 2002

Keywords: Purchasing; Small‐ to medium‐sized enterprises; Problem solving; Northern Ireland

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