By Daniel Hunter

In a move to streamline the public sector, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced a meeting with the top 22 public sector suppliers to outline the new drive to streamline and record the contractor’s performance. Those that don’t hit the required level of performance will be banned from supplying to the Government.

According to Chris Papa, the Managing Director of communications specialist and cloud computing firm Qubic, there is still much more work that needs to be done to tackle risks arising from cyber attacks as well as further cutting overspend. There is an increasing amount of scrutiny of firms that don’t currently make the grade.

“Over the years there have been some very high profile failures and suppliers being taken to court because of an inability to deliver on time and on budget," he said.

"Those that supply to the Government are finding intense pressure being placed on them because there are large numbers of firms that can offer greater levels of flexibility that cost-conscious public sector bodies are looking for. Be that as it may, there still doesn’t seem to be the required level of trust in smaller firms, partly because of the fear factor as there was a perception that ‘bigger’ provided a measure of security.

“In today’s tough economic environment smaller companies and cloud computing have driven wholesale change, and as public sector departments look for specialisation as well as savings, this has opened the door to smaller suppliers that typically are specialists, can react quickly and have a more favourable pricing strategy.”

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