The Digital Marketplace is doing what it set out to do, claims the government – offering many micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) their first chance to supply to government.
Indeed, so far, £1.39 in every £3 spent through the Digital Marketplace has gone to SMEs, says the Government Digital Service (GDS) in a new blog post.
A contract with the government can help startups get funding, which helps them scale their business, it adds, in a post that is all about explaining why sales data for G-Cloud has been a bit scanty for a spell.
That’s because, says the Service, it’s been cleaning up the data and getting a new home set up for it on the government website.
“This gave us the opportunity to look at how we use data and through looking at it, determine what’s important to our users,” it says.
First fruit of this exercise: as of July 2017, total spend through the Digital Marketplace has exceeded £2.6bn, it has found – and of this spend, 45% was through micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
“As we push forward with CCS on public sector procurement reform, it’s been fantastic to see the impact. More and more digital and technology suppliers are emerging as examples of economic growth,” claims GDS.
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G-Cloud’s use of SMEs has “created new job opportunities”, “encouraged the creation of new products and services using emerging technologies” and “attracted inward finance from overseas companies and investors”, it believes.
Going forward, the Digital Marketplace sales will be shared quarterly, it concludes.
Think Digital Partners is always interested to hear from the kind of SME the Service is keen to see in government work, with our regular ‘Digital Marketplace Contenders‘ profiles.
If you’re interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
And good luck out there!