G-Cloud 5 is here!
28 July 2014, by Anne Blanchflower
In November 2013 we were successful in our application to be accepted onto the G-Cloud 4 Framework. Such a great achievement however, did not mean that we could just sit back and wait for business to roll in.
In February this year, the Crown Commercial Service published the tender documentation for the G-Cloud 5 Framework. Final submissions were due in April and the intention to award notification was issued at the beginning of May.
Once again it was good news for Softwire! On May 23rd, we received final notification that our application to be included on the latest G-Cloud Framework was successful. Existing and prospective clients can find us by searching on the CloudStore under Specialist Cloud Services (SCS).
What does this mean for existing and new public sector customers?
For existing customers with call-off contracts under G-Cloud 4, business will continue as usual on the G-Cloud 4 Framework until it expires in October this year. All call-off contracts with new governmental customers however, will be on the new G-Cloud 5 Framework.
What’s the difference between G-Cloud 4 and G-cloud 5?
The only real difference between G-Cloud 4 and G-Cloud 5 relates to minor changes in the Terms and Conditions of the Framework Agreement. The Framework will be ‘refreshed’ at regular intervals (every six to twelve months) in order to on-board new suppliers and services.
What’s the uptake from SMEs on G-Cloud 5?
According to the Government’s Digital Marketplace blog, the number of suppliers included on the Framework has increased by 10 percent. Of particular interest to us is the increase in the number of SMEs accepted on to the Framework. 92 percent of suppliers new to G-Cloud are SMEs. If you combine the total number suppliers on the CloudStore under G-Cloud 4 and G-Cloud 5, 88 percent are SMEs.
For Softwire, it means that we have the ability to continue working with existing clients in the public sector, such as Companies House. It will also enable us to tender for larger projects within the public sector going forwards.