The government is keen to maintain its relationships with big IT suppliers, while encouraging competition from SMEs.
Back in January the government published new rules, aimed at reducing the dominance of a small number of large suppliers offering the government inflexible IT contracts.
The cabinet office also published what is described as "red lines" for IT contracts to increase the number and variety of IT suppliers to government.
Sally Collier, chief executive of the crown commercial service said: "We need to be really clear what we want from suppliers.
"We want them to embrace competition, we want innovation and, of course, savings."
Other ways the government is helping to encourage SME involvement, includes appointing a Crown Representative for small firms.
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