The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched the new version of its Digital Outcomes and Specialists procurement framework.
Located on the Digital Marketplace, it provides a route for public sector organisation to find suppliers that can buy, design, build, test and deliver software.
Set to run until the end of September 2020, the new version 4 takes in 3,475 technology companies of which 94% are SMEs. It also includes four lots: digital outcomes, digital specialists, user research studios and user research participants.
CCS said that public bodies have so far spent £1.5 billion through the three previous versions, with 32% going directly to SMEs. More than £200 million has been spent with micro-SMEs.
Niall Quinn, CCS technology director said: “DOS 4 will continue to help facilitate digital transformation for our customers while creating opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of suppliers.
“For this new version we have been able to enhance the framework and make some improvements to the Digital Marketplace in line with customer and supplier feedback, to improve their experience.”
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