Russia saw a 13.5% increase in the number of SMEs participating in procurements by major customers
2021-07-06 01:01

Russia saw a 13.5% increase in the number of SMEs participating in procurements by major customers

The number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in procurements of major customers increased by 13.5% to 79,000 companies in the first half of this year. During this time, they entered into contracts worth 1.9 trillion rubles, the SME Corporation said on Tuesday.

"If we compare the results of the first half of the year with the same period of 2020, the increase in procurement volume was 339 billion rubles (+22.2%), the number of contracts increased by almost 25 thousand (+12.8%). The SME Corporation monitors compliance with the established quota for purchases from major customers, currently it is 20%," - the message says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed to provide amendments to the law by July 1, which will increase the total annual volume of purchases of goods, works and services from small and medium businesses up to at least 25% of the volume of all purchases. In addition, the payment deadlines should be reduced from 15 to 7 working days.

As it was told in the Corporation of SME, the range of purchases from small and medium enterprises has been expanded as compared with the previous year from 489 thousand to 520 thousand items. The average contract value amounted to almost 9 million rubles.

The leaders in the volume of purchases from SMEs in 2021 were the largest customers "Russian Railways" (nearly 91 billion rubles), Sberbank (about 67 billion rubles), "Rostelecom" (50 billion rubles), "RZDstroy" (more than 45 billion rubles) and "Gazprom komplektatsiya" (41.5 billion rubles).

The leaders among the subjects by location of SME companies were Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Moscow Region, Tatarstan, and the Sverdlovsk Region.

"Under the updated SME Corporation strategy, we are ready to bring the volume of purchases from SMEs to 5.1 trillion rubles by 2025. Apart from monitoring compliance with requirements for organizing tenders by major customers involving SMEs, we pay serious attention to educating small and medium businesses planning to participate in procurements", said Alexander Isayevich, Director General of the organization.

He has told that now on all country seminars where as speakers act representatives of trading platforms, the largest state companies which tell about all subtleties of carrying out of purchases and drawing up of the documentation act. This year, more than two thousand companies and self-employed have already participated in such training events.

"In addition, we plan to further develop digital services to facilitate small and medium-sized companies' access to procurement, including in the small volume procurement segment," Isayevich added.

The national project to support entrepreneurship sets the volume of purchases from small and medium-sized businesses at 4.1 trillion rubles by the end of this year, and 5 trillion rubles by 2024.

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Author: Ksenia Gustova