A range of measures, including the eTenders website, are making it simpler than ever for small and medium businesses to sell to government.

Government is keenly aware that the SME and social enterprise sector plays a fundamental role in contributing to economic growth and employment in Ireland. Last year, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) published a range of measures for public bodies to take in order to promote the participation of SMEs in public procurement. These measures include simplifying the process for lower-value contracts, and improving transparency in competitions. We speak to a number of small businesses and social enterprises about their experiences in selling to government.

Riley is a female-founded Irish business that supplies eco-friendly period products. Riley co-founder Lauren Duggan says the tendering process initially felt a bit daunting but she is now thrilled that Riley period products are supplied in some of the leading hospitals and universities across the country after the company successfully tendered for an OGP contract.

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