3C have been selected for the Governments G-Cloud procurement framework and from July, organisations will be able to procure our digital consultancy services via G-Cloud.
The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing the procurement process for publicly funded organisations for services that are related to the use of the Cloud and designed to make business more efficient and effective. It is a framework that allows organisations to buy services without needing to run a full tender process.
At the heart of G-Cloud is an online store – the "Digital Marketplace" (previously called "CloudStore") that allows organisations to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud framework.
The service began in 2012, and £18.2 million of sales were made by April 2013. With the adoption of the Government's 'Cloud First' policy in the UK in late February 2014, sales continued to grow, hitting over £50 million in February 2014. Incredibly, by March 2018, the Government has published that G-Cloud sales had reached £3.13 billion, reinforcing that it is now the procurement framework of choice for a huge number of organisations.
It must be noted that for buyers to use G-Cloud to procure, they can't just pick a listed supplier without considering the the appropriateness of other suppliers that are also listed on the Digital Marketplace that are offering a similar service. Examples of evaluation criteria are provided on the Marketplace and a buyer must be able to demonstrate they have appointed based on the 'Most Economical Advantageous Tender' (MEAT), but generally the procurement process can be made quicker, easier and cheaper, whilst meeting procurement governance requirements.
In recent years, 3C's advice and services around the use of the Cloud, Digital Business Transformation and Channel Shift have been recognised as playing an important part in assisting many housing and care organisation to move to a more efficient and effective business model that offers improved services to customers. These services are now available through G-Cloud.
For further information on G-Cloud procurement, please call 0333 900 3003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.