Public procurement makes up about one-third of government expenditures and thus represents an important direct source of income for all companies 1. However, access to public procurement is generally more difficult for SMEs than for larger firms. Barriers include a lack of information on procurement opportunities, large volumes and broad capability requests, restricted access to certain contracts, disproportionate high technical and financial qualification levels, short tender deadlines, high submission costs, high insurance and financial guarantee requirements, administrative burdens and difficulties to identify bidding partners.
On the other hand, public authorities are not aware of straw solutions making them reluctant to initiate tendering procedures including straw. Communication and training are dealt in other work packages and are consequently essential to encourage straw in the public market. This deliverable summarises actions and tools developed to push and promote public procurement using straw building solutions.