26 October 2012
Hundreds of small and medium sized firms are now competing directly for government IT business, offering their products and services to the whole public sector, after being selected for the second G-Cloud supplier framework.
The £100m framework, which has eliminated burdensome government procurement rules and procedures, has taken on some 458 suppliers, three quarters of which are SMEs.
The 3,000 services offered to public sector via the government’s CloudStore range from anti-spam systems to simulation and training tools and much more.
“This second G-Cloud procurement builds on the success of the first,” said Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. “It will continue the transformation in how the public sector buys, manages and delivers IT services, and how suppliers work with government, driving greater efficiency and savings for the taxpayer.”
The G-Cloud was not only about reducing costs – it was part of the drive to level “the playing field for small and medium-sized firms”, said Maude. It was making it “simpler, quicker and cheaper for them to compete for government business”.
“The good news is that not only has the number of suppliers on the second G-Cloud framework nearly doubled compared with the first, but that the proportion of SMEs has remained just as high,” the minister said.
G-Cloud programme director Denise McDonagh said the high representation of SMEs on both G-Cloud frameworks showed government
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