The Crown Commercial Service has announced that the G-Cloud 11 procurement framework is set to go live on the UK government’s Digital Marketplace with 4,200 suppliers.
The executive agency said that more than 90% of the suppliers, who have been awarded places on the new G-Cloud agreement, are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
G-Cloud was created in 2014 by Crown Commercial Service and Government Digital Service with an objective to make government procurement more transparent and easier. According to the Government Digital Service, purchasing services through frameworks is cheaper and faster than entering into individual procurement contracts.
Crown Commercial Service expects customers to access more than 31,000 services which will be available on G-Cloud 11, which will be subject to a process of additional assurance.
Since the last seven years, there has been procurement in excess of £4.79bn of cloud and digital services by public bodies using the G-Cloud. Nearly 45% of that expenditure has been directly going to SMEs, said the agency.
The agreement with the suppliers provides Central government, NHS Trusts, local councils and other public sector bodies a way to buy web hosting and other cloud-based services from a single, central website.
Crown Commercial Service technology pillar director Niall Quinn said: “G-Cloud continues to be a major success story for how we drive innovation in the public sector. G-Cloud is all about simplicity, making it as straightforward as possible for customers and suppliers to find each other.”
Triad, a Godalming-based SME, has been a G-Cloud supplier from 2013, originally bagging a place on G-Cloud ii.
Triad managing director Adrian Leer said: “Since winning a place on G-Cloud ii in 2013 we have been successful in winning a number of contracts for government. We have been involved in numerous large programmes of work across government and in January 2019 we were ranked 4th of the digital suppliers to government.
“To be ahead of some of the largest consultancies in the UK as an SME of 70 staff is incredible.”