The reform of public procurement across the public service is on-going and will continue to provide opportunities to the SME sector to win business. In line with the Programme for Government, the OGP works with industry to promote the engagement of SMEs in public procurement and to ensure that winning government business is done in a fair, transparent and accessible way and to ensure that government procurement policies are business friendly. This is done by facilitating quarterly meetings of an SME Advisory Group, which are chaired by the Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan TD with responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment.

It is a forum where SME representative bodies can voice concerns on issues affecting SME participation in public procurement and their voice can be heard by Government.
The membership of the group consists of officials from the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), Enterprise Ireland (EI), InterTrade Ireland (ITI), the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), as well as representatives from the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC), the Small Firms Association (SFA), the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Chambers Ireland and the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME).

The OGP will continue to proactively engage with business and strive to enhance the significant measures already in place to support SME access to public procurement opportunities.

SME Advisory Working Group – Terms Of Reference


Agendas & Minutes


SME Advisory Group Agenda September 2018 – SME Advisory Group Minutes September 2018

SME Advisory Group Agenda June 2018 – SME Advisory Group Minutes June 2018

SME Advisory Group Agenda March 2018 – SME Advisory Group Minutes March 2018


SME Advisory Group Agenda December 2017  –  SME Advisory Group Minutes December 2017

SME Advisory Group Agenda September 2017 – SME Advisory Group Minutes September 2017

SME Advisory Group Agenda May 2017 – SME Advisory Group Minutes May 2017

SME Advisory Group Agenda February 2017 – SME Advisory Group Minutes February 2017


SME Advisory Group Agenda October 2016 – SME Advisory Group Minutes October 2016

SME Advisory Group Agenda July 2016 – SME Advisory Group Minutes July 2016