G-Cloud 10 launches with 650 new suppliers
A total of 3,505 firms are on the latest iteration of the framework with the government claiming more than 90% are SMEs
The G-Cloud 10 framework has gone live with a total of 3,505 suppliers – with 649 firms featuring for the first time.
The deal is split into three lots covering cloud hosting, cloud software, and cloud support. The cloud software lot is the most crowded of these with 2,240 firms accredited. A total of 1,896 feature on the cloud support lot.
The cloud hosting section is comparatively sparsely populated, with 614 companies featured.
Some 287 firms have a place on all three lots of G-Cloud 10.
The government claims that more than 90% of firms on the framework are SMEs. Since the first G-Cloud deal launched in 2012, more than £3bn has been spent via its various iterations – 48% of which has gone to SMEs, the government said. This latest version comes with an anticipated value of up to £600m.
Oliver Dowden, minister for implementation, said: “The success of G-Cloud demonstrates how we are breaking down the barriers for SMEs who want to supply to government.”
Hove-based procurement consultancy Advice Cloud specialises in helping connect suppliers with customers – primarily via G-Cloud, on which the company also features. The company’s managing director Chris Farthing welcomed the uptick in the number of smaller firms now accredited to sell via G-Cloud.
Total number of suppliers accredited on G-Cloud 10
Year in which the first G-Cloud framework launched
Number of firms gaining a place on G-Cloud for the first time
Cumulative sales through G-Cloud up to the end of March 2018
Number of firms accredited to sell across all three lots of G-Cloud 10
"I, for one, couldn’t be more pleased that the latest iteration shows a substantial increase in SME suppliers looking to use G-Cloud 10 to gain a foothold in the £18bn a year market that is UK govtech,” he said. “The hard work really does start now though, as it’s up to those companies to get marketing and selling. Understanding the G-Cloud buyer journey is a great place to start, and getting your value proposition right is essential.”
UKCloud has featured on every iteration of G-Cloud since 2012 and, in that time, has expanded from a six-person company to one that now employs about 200 staff. Simon Hansford, CEO of the Farnborough-based firm – which is accredited across all three lots of the new framework – claimed that G-Cloud has evolved and improved with each passing version.
“The UK government’s initial introduction of the G-Cloud framework was groundbreaking and provided a level playing field for government technology suppliers that has been copied across the world. With each iteration the framework has seen enhanced functionality and an increased volume of transactions, as it has supported a thriving ecosystem of UK tech SMEs that have succeeded in winning business through it.”
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