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Small businesses, such as painting and decorating firms, have been given a boost to help them win public sector contracts, with the launch of a new website which will make it simpler for them to find over £70bn worth of Government contracts that are up for grabs over the next five years. Many of the contracts on offer are maintenance and redecorating projects.
The new 'Contracts Finder' website provides information on the Government's long-term spending plans, which being made available for the first time ever. The Government is opening up the information to help UK businesses plan for the skills and investment they will need over the coming years, and to help them to be more competitive in winning Government work in future. For small businesses, it could be the tool they need to get their foot in the door for loads of new projects that used to go to bigger businesses.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said: "Publishing data on what we plan to buy - whether it's tunnels or computers - means we can identify skills gaps sooner and give industry a heads up so UK businesses are in a better position to compete."
To look for contracts on the new database, see: http://bit.ly/hNIesG
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