A report by Wood Holmes, has been published by the Scottish Government, which examines the opportunities and barriers faced by SME’s and Social Enterprises in bidding as consortia for public sector contracts in Scotland.
The Scottish Government commissioned Wood Holmes Group in November 2008 to undertake the study and recommend a strategy to encourage consortia bidding in Scotland.
The specific aims of the research were to understand:
- The extent to which SMEs and social enterprises view consortia formation as a barrier in their willingness to engage in public sector contracts
- What the current practice is for consortia bidding for both public and private sector contracts and across different countries
- Where consortia bidding has worked in Scotland (or beyond) and what were the key success factors
- What the barriers (perceived and real) to consortia bidding are, and how they have been overcome
- What current support is available – both public and private sector – for organisations (and especially SMEs and SEs) wishing to embark on consortia bidding and whether this varies by geography or by sector
- What additional support might be made available to inform and support future consortia bidding opportunities.
The full report can be viewed on the Scottish Government Website here