HAVE YOU SIGNED UP TO G-CLOUD? by Lisa Downs, Partner, Commercial Rawlison Butler Tel: 01293 558593 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
or many companies, the time and money needed to tender for public sector work has often proved to be a considerable
barrier for many years. With €425bn being spent on public contracts each year in 2011 the
suppliers (95% are SMEs), 28,080 services and
• Once they have a list of potential suppliers
(as at 2 November 2015) £903m in sales – 51%
who can provide what they want, they will
of total sales by value and 61% by volume have
evaluate the shortlisted suppliers tenders
been awarded to SMEs.
but they will only contact you to confirm if
All round benefits of G-Cloud include:
EU decided that reform was needed to ensure
• Scalability and elastic services
that all sizes of companies had a better chance
• More time and cost-effective buying process
at winning a slice of this spend.
What did the EU want? Less red tape was one of the key aims – “Simpler and more effective rules … to benefit both public authorities and firms, in particular SMEs, so that public funds are
• Access to innovation • Agility. To ensure that these benefits are maintained, the G-Cloud framework is refreshed every 6 months. There have been 7 iterations since
you have the resource capabilities to meet their timescales. Again, you will not be able to revise your original tender • If you’re short-listed, they will evaluate your original tender but will not contact you and you will not be able to revise your tender beforehand • Unless they have contacted you to confirm
2012 – G-Cloud 6 and 7 being the current
resource capabilities, the first time you are
versions – (G-Cloud 8 is expected to be
likely to know that you’ve been selected will
used as efficiently as possible to provide high
advertised a few months before G-Cloud 6
be when they contact you to tell you! Your
quality public services to users”. Revised EU
expires (on 1 August 2016)).
original tender will then form the basis of the
procurement rules mean:
For SMEs familiar with, and new to, G-Cloud,
• Less paperwork
it can be a daunting process. There are various
• Shorter procedural deadlines
procedures and hoops to go through to win
services, being a supplier on G-Cloud is an
• Greater use of electronic communication
a place on G-Cloud, and with the substantial
opportunity not to miss. If you would like
• Greater freedom to negotiate
number of suppliers now participating and
help tendering for G-Cloud 8, or if you would like
• Simplified publication obligations.
the way in which public sector bodies procure
help with tendering generally, please contact Lisa
Welcome to G-Cloud
services via G-Cloud, it is vital that your tender
Downs by emailing Lisa at
If you are a supplier of commoditised cloud
is detailed, accurate and water-tight.
email@example.com or by calling her on
UK Government decided to make it simpler for
TenderQA and ProcureONE services.
Government departments to procure certain
• The tender you submit to get onto g-cloud
commoditised services. In 2012 G-Cloud was
will sit within an online catalogue which
public sector bodies will search to find the
Hot on the heels of the 2011 EU reforms, the
In its first year, it had over 700 suppliers
service they want – they’ll input certain key
– 80%+ were SMEs – and £18.2m in sales.
words to find what they want, but will not
Now in its 4th year, it currently has over 2,500
contact you at this stage
+44 (0)1293 558593 to discuss our In2G-Cloud,
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Published on Feb 22, 2016
Published on Feb 22, 2016
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