THE Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and Her Majesty’s Treasury, Lord Agnew (left), has written to Made in Britain to say he supports the organisation’s call for more UK-based procurement.
Lord Agnew is responsible for the UK's ‘transformation of public procurement’ and he wrote to John Pearce, the CEO of Made in Britain, last week. Made in Britain wants the UK government to set itself an ambitious target for products being bought from UK SMEs and UK manufacturers.
Lord Agnew said: “I am delighted to have met you and learn of Made in Britain's growing membership.
“I support Made in Britain’s ambition for increased government procurement from UK SMEs and UK manufacturers. If you haven’t already, please register your business on Contracts Finder to find out about the latest opportunities.
“I support Made in Britain and the fantastic work each of you, as manufacturing companies, do through the products you make in the UK.”
Read his letter in full here.
Made in Britain wrote to Lord Agnew in February, in response to the government’s consultation on the green paper titled ’Transforming Public Procurement’.
Requests from the organisation included:
- The government sets an ambitious percentage target for products being procured from UK SMEs and UK manufacturers, across all public procurement (not only central government).
- That weighting in selecting contracts favours UK SMEs and UK manufacturers, plus considers proximity to where the procured product or service will be used.
The government buys goods and services worth £290 billion every year.