With the impending announcement of the 6th iteration of the G-Cloud framework, I was delighted to be invited along to a G-Cloud Supplier Session in Manchester hosted by TechUK, the Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service.
As the G-Cloud framework becomes ever more streamlined, the Crown Commercial Service, the team managing the framework, are widening the delivery of roadshow events to share information and learning about getting the most from the process. I was asked to present on the Ixis journey on the framework, and the impact it has had on our business.
For an SME like ours, the benefits of being in a position to bid for local and central government contracts has been wide reaching. Despite reports that the framework hasn't reaped all of the intended rewards yet, Ixis have had over £650,000 worth of public sector business generated since our placement on version 1 of the framework in 2012.
Moreover, it has positioned us favourably in other markets by adding further credibility to our service offering and contributing to new business wins from the private and third sectors.
We have increased our staff team by 50% solely from work generated on the G-Cloud and we've seen interest from other local authorities and government bodies thrive as the sector moves to open source by default, and moreover, selecting Drupal as the Content Management System of choice.
If you are considering becoming a supplier on the framework, or are an existing supplier looking to increase public sector business, I would highly recommend attending future G-Cloud supplier events, and there are 2 upcoming by TechUK:
For further reading on the benefits to SMEs, you can visit our blog published on ComputerWorld last week.
The CloudStore is transitioning to Digital Marketplace at the end of September, merging the G Cloud and the Digital Services frameworks.