Supply chain · 3 December 2015

G-Cloud 7 sees more SME IT firms gain government contracts

G-Cloud 7 sees more SME IT suppliers achieve government contracts
The number of UK SME IT suppliers providing the government with cloud-based solutions has increased with the release of the latest version of the G-Cloud framework, it has been announced.

The framework’s new version, dubbed G-Cloud 7, is hailed as being more friendly to smaller suppliers of IT services than previous versions, with latest figures demonstrating that 11 per cent more SMEs have been awarded a place on it than on the previous version, G-Cloud 6.

According to a governmental blog post, 95 per cent of the 709 new suppliers on G-Cloud 7 are SMEs, compared with 89 per cent of the 516 new IT suppliers awarded a place on G-Cloud 6. G7 has attracted a higher number of new suppliers than any previous iteration, the post said.

G-Cloud 7 went live on 23 November, there are over 2, 500 suppliers now signed up to the framework. Set up in 2012, the G-Cloud framework aims to move government away from signing longer-term multi-year deals with large tech companies to use the services of smaller home-grown IT firms instead.

Research director at the International Data Corporation (IDC), Massimiliano Claps, said that the framework is helping to disrupt the habit of public sector IT buying.


 
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Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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