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Review of research and data on SMEs in public services

Commissioned  by the Office of Government Commerce, H.M. Treasury and Department for Business, Energy and Regulatory Reform

The Glover Review on SMEs and procurement aimed to examine the role of SMEs in delivery of public services, the barriers they faced and the actions the government took to reduce these. The evidence base was lacking regarding the number of SMEs supplying the public sector and the scale of their input. There were further difficulties from the range of definitions for SMEs used and the difficulty of measuring the extent of SME subcontracting. The objectives of this research were to: Identify relevant existing data sources on SMEs and public services and assess the relative quality; identify research papers and studies related to SMEs and public services and assess the relative quality, scope and key findings;  and identify the gaps in research and data collected to date.

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