The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has said the public sector has achieved £1.5 billion in commercial benefits through the G-Cloud procurement framework since its launch in 2012.
It has marked the 10-year anniversary by highlighting the benefits and forecasting that G-Cloud, which encourages public sector bodies to evaluate and procure cloud based services, will help to deliver around £200 million in benefits this year.
It added that over £4 billion of the total £11 billion has been spent with SMEs in 10 years, with over 5,000 suppliers offering more than 38,000 services through the framework.
CCS is planning to launch a new iteration, G-Cloud 13, later this year. This will include: new terms and conditions, with greater inclusion of the provision of day rate cloud support service; inclusion of the latest procurement policies, including prompt payment; a fourth lot for cloud support services for larger, more complex requirements; and a 36-month call-off term with an optional 12-month extension.
Public sector success
Philip Orumwense, commercial director and chief procurement officer for technology at CCS, said: “G-Cloud continues to be a great public sector success. It encourages innovation, drives economic growth and improves services for UK citizens, by providing an agile and swift marketplace that connects public sector buyers with suppliers.
“Now, more than ever, SMEs have a crucial role to play in growing our economy, and G-Cloud is a proven method through which SMEs can win new business. It is yet another example of how CCS is simplifying public procurement processes and removing barriers to participation to support the government’s SME agenda.”