Thousands of small businesses have won the chance to bid to supply cloud computing services to government bodies through a major government procurement framework.
G-Cloud 10, which could eventually be worth £600 million, is now open for business.
3,505 suppliers – with more than 90 per cent of them SMEs – have been awarded places on the new Crown Commercial Service framework. G-Cloud 10 has 3,505 suppliers – 649 more than G-Cloud 9.
Since 2012, more than £3 billion of cloud and digital services have been procured by public bodies through G-Cloud, with 48 per cent of that spend going directly to SMEs.
G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services such as web hosting from a single, central website.
Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation says: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, delivering innovative solutions in partnership with the public sector, fuelling economic growth and supporting the delivery of efficient, effective public services that meet the needs of citizens.
“The success of G-Cloud demonstrates how we are breaking down the barriers for SMEs who want to supply to government.”
Nottinghamshire headquartered Ideagen has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 10, the firms 6th successive year on the G-Cloud government framework.
Ben Dorks, Ideagen’s Chief Executive Officer, said the framework continues to create new opportunities for the company. He said: “Ideagen has provided software and services to the UK’s public sector for almost two decades and initiatives such as the G-Cloud framework can only enhance our ability to continue to do that.
“The G-Cloud framework provides a streamlined process for the purchase of technology and digital services from organisations like ourselves. It has become a crucial service for public sector organisations as it is a faster buying process than having to enter into individual procurement contracts.
“We have been a part of the G-Cloud framework for several years and we are extremely pleased to be represented once more on the Digital Marketplace. Once again, it is testament to the strength of our products and services and proof that our solutions continue to meet a real market need within the public sector.”