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Remember when gov.uk said it would give big biz contracts to SMEs?

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'It cannot be certain' spending has increased at ALL – NAO

The Cabinet Office has lost its enthusiasm for prising open Whitehall's wallet and handing more cash to SMEs, according to a report by the Committee of Public Accounts today.

But today the committee said: "It is not clear that SMEs are better able to compete with larger providers or whether they are actually getting any more government business than before.

"We continue to see larger providers dominating; for example, the Government s top five IT providers received over half of government s total spending on contracted out IT," said the report.

The fact the government has changed its approach to measuring such spending in four of the last five years makes it impossible to properly assess performance.

It s a simple point, but launching initiatives is not the same as delivering results."

The government has failed to identify the areas of spending where SMEs could bring the most benefit and it remains difficult for SMEs to ascertain what bidding opportunities are available, said the report.

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