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How we’ve made things simpler for suppliers on G-Cloud 10

The G-Cloud 10 framework is now open for applications, meaning that new and existing suppliers can offer their cloud technology and support to organisations across the public sector.

G-Cloud 10 is run as a collaboration between the Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service and is operated through the Digital Marketplace. It is the 10th iteration of the G-Cloud framework, which launched in 2012.

So far, nearly £3 billion has been spent through the G-Cloud framework, with 48% of that spend going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Moving fast to respond to the market

We’ve launched G-Cloud 10 in response to supplier needs to refresh services and open the market up to new suppliers.

Because we are able to meet these needs without overhauling or radically changing G-Cloud 9, we took a minimum viable product (MVP) approach. This meant we could launch quickly and give the market what it needed.

G-Cloud 10 is an iteration of G-Cloud 9, which means existing suppliers should be familiar with it. But we’ve also been able to make a few important improvements and extensions.

Now including cyber security

As well as cloud services, suppliers can now apply to sell cyber security services on G-Cloud 10. This includes services that are assured under these National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) schemes:

  • Cyber Security Consultancy
  • Penetration Testing (CHECK)
  • Cyber Incident Response (CIR)

Suppliers can store info centrally

To make things easier for suppliers, we’ve created a new supplier section on the Digital Marketplace. This lets suppliers store essential information such as company contact details and registration information centrally.

The supplier section runs across both the G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists frameworks and means suppliers no longer have to fill out information for each individual application. They can just enter the information once and use it again and again, saving time on applications.

Existing suppliers can copy over their info

New suppliers should apply to G-Cloud 10 by creating a supplier account.

Existing suppliers on G-Cloud 9 will also need to apply, but to make things simpler for them, we’ve redesigned the process to allow them to simply copy over their G-Cloud 9 declaration and services into G-Cloud 10. This makes things quicker and easier for those who want to move over from G-Cloud 9 to G-Cloud 10.

Screenshot showing the copy process for existing suppliers
Screenshot showing the copy process for existing suppliers

Applications to G-Cloud 10 for both new and existing suppliers close on 23 May.

Easier process = quicker applications

Having taken an MVP approach and simplified the application process for existing suppliers, we’re already seeing far more applications at an early stage to G-Cloud 10 than to G-Cloud 9.

When G-Cloud 9 had been open for 1 day, it had 15 completed services and 14 completed applications. After 1 day of G-Cloud 10 we had 95 completed services and 39 completed applications.

This is more than 6 times as many services and nearly 3 times as many applications.

Transforming government procurement

Alongside the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework, the G-Cloud framework is transforming government procurement.

These 2 frameworks mean government can buy the right technology and services from the right suppliers at the right price.

And by making procurement clear and simple, they are opening up the marketplace to suppliers of all sizes and from all parts of the country. They are creating a level playing field that means that all private sector enterprises can be involved in helping government work better for everyone.

New suppliers can apply to join G-Cloud 10 by setting up a supplier account. Existing suppliers apply by simply logging in and copying their G-Cloud 9 declaration and services across.