G-Cloud Sales Sail Past £200m Mark

Jul 30, 2014

Total sales via the G-Cloud procurement framework since its 2012 launch until the end of June 2014 have now reached £217.5m.

According to a post on the Digital Marketplace blog, 53% of these sales were via SMEs - suggesting there's been further progress towards the government target of doing 25% of all its business with smaller companies by 2015.

The latest figures show the average monthly spend via G-Cloud in the last quarter is around £20m.

They also reveal that the vast majority of purchases via the framework still come from central government - with just 20% of total sales coming from the wider public sector.

Nonetheless the procurement framework’s director, Tony Singleton, has praised progress made, thanking previous leaders Denise McDonagh and Chris Chant for their roles in developing G-Cloud.

“G-Cloud Is More Than Sales Figures”

However, Singleton always wants us to believe that the government procurement frameworks offer more benefits than just improving (albeit still small compared to 'oligopoly' contract) sales figures.

“It is important remember that G-Cloud is more than just about sales,” he writes.

“Both G-Cloud and the Digital Service framework are programmes with the potential to radically transform the way that central government and the wider public sector deliver their digital services.

“We are gathering some great case studies which we hope to publish soon showing the full potential of what can be achieved,” he adds.

Singleton concludes his blog post by admitting there is still more work to be done to encourage more public bodies to procure via G-Cloud and work is being done to demonstrate the “truly transformational” benefits of Cloud First.

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