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SMEs and government purchasing in Northern Ireland: problems and opportunities

Ruth Fee (Ruth Fee is Lecturer in Government, at the School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.)
Andrew Erridge (Andrew Erridge is Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.)
Sean Hennigan (Sean Hennigan is Research Assistant in Public Procurement, at the School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 1 October 2002

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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.

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Fee, R., Erridge, A. and Hennigan, S. (2002), "SMEs and government purchasing in Northern Ireland: problems and opportunities", European Business Review, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 326-334. https://doi.org/10.1108/09555340210444176

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