Updated Small businesses have often moaned that government procurement is just one massive pork barrel, with only the greediest and biggest able to stick their snouts in.

But some departments are doing their best to carve up tenders into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Step forward the UK's Crown Prosecution Service, which threw a morsel to smaller suppliers in the form of the chance to bid for a £3 USB cable.

"Please can you source a USB A Male to Male cable," read the invite to suppliers to bid – known as a request for quotation (RFQ).

One supplier, who asked not to be named, said: "This single [notice] exemplifies what is wrong with UK public sector procurement.

The usual suspects on the gravy-train get all the good deals.

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