Fabian Demicoli

Small service providers disadvantaged by tenders clause

 GRTU has this week written to the Department for contacts following a number of complaints received from its members, artistic service providers, stating that tenders were being issued with thresholds outlining that: "The maximum amount of sub-contracting must not exceed 40 % of the total contract value. The main contractor must have the ability to carry out at least 60 % of the contract works by his own means."

This, GRTU has found, is prohibitive and heavily limits the participation of such micro service providers and self-employed because while being able to fulfil an important part of the tender requirements, their share still constitutes much less than the 60%. GRTU is speaking especially for those micro and self-employed enterprises who's main operation relies most especially on their artistic ability and do not have the capital to invest in materials of production such as printing machinery.

In most cases the price of the art is much lower than the actual production, as such the 40% limit of the total contract value is prohibitive to the graphic designer, who is still able to deliver a finished product instead of submitting his own quotation.

GRTU called to find a solution to this problem that is creating an unjust disadvantage to these enterprises.

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