Andrew Barr has announced his latest efforts to help local business:
This month the Government is introducing a new evaluation criterion for all goods and services tenders that put a positive weighting against whether the tenderer is a local small-medium enterprise (SME) and/or their involvement with local businesses. (See below for details)
The ACT Government is committed to supporting small- and medium-sized local businesses. More than 25,000 businesses operate in the ACT – and the majority are SMEs. As such, supporting them is vital to the ACT economy. ACT Government contracts can be a significant source of work for our private sector, but we acknowledge SMEs can find it challenging to tender for and win government business, which is why we’re giving them a leg up.