Don't you love it when statements like this come out from central government. £500 million is a drop in the ocean and so it's easy to use this as an example of where something is working.
It also depends on the definition of small. For most people a company of 249 people is pretty big, but the official definition of SME makes it a small company.
Small suppliers have benefited the most from the government’s digital marketplace, winning more than £500 million worth of IT deals through the procurement system. Latest figures have revealed that the value of contracts awarded via the digital marketplace has reached £1 billion since its launch in November 2014. More than half of that comprises deals made with small firms, which have totaled £521 million, Whitehall has announced