There is always something of a lag between the launch of what amounts to a platform for the exchange of views and the point at which those views are actively being traded.
Such appears to be the lot of Solutions Exchange, the Cabinet Office online forum designed to provide a place for conversations between government departments and prospective suppliers (targeting SMEs) outside the expense and legal confines of a fully fledged procurement process.
The positive take is that it will take time to get up and running. The negative view is that it is not what SMEs either want or need.
We’ll revisit in 6 months and see what’s changed….