SMEs currently account for more than 99% (72% by turnover) of local businesses in Northern Ireland. Many of these will not have the capacity to contract directly with Departments but will participate in government contracts as subcontractors. Using the practices and tools identified in this guidance will help to make the most of the advantages of using SMEs in the supply chain.
This guidance note has been revised to make reference to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Any queries on this guide should be addressed to:Construction Procurement Policy Branch
Construction & Procurement Delivery
2nd Floor East
303 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9ED
Telephone: 028 9081 6871