Small businesses could help to power the public sector like never before through a new framework agreement.
SMEs make up almost three quarters of the total number of suppliers on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new National Fuels framework, expected to be worth around £850m.
The framework supports central government and the wider public sector to procure heating oil and fuel for motor vehicles as well as marine and aviation fuel, Liquid Petroleum Gas, solid fuel, biomass and lubricants and greases.
The new framework has 34 suppliers, with 24 (71%) of them SMEs. It is expected to save public sector bodies £5.3m over four years.
SMEs awarded places on the framework are based across the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North West of England, London, Leicestershire and Hampshire.
Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at CCS, said: "CCS is excited to announce a new framework for the whole UK public sector that aligns policy and delivery and truly delivers value."