Government departments in the UK have now spent £53m on services from the G-Cloud platform as its use rises steadily.
The Cabinet Office announced the new figures in data released on Friday, as departments ranging from the Home Office to the National Audit Office purchase services hosted on the platform.
The G-Cloud Communication leader, Raphaëlle Heaf, wrote in a blog post that the government is pleased to have passed the £50m milestone, as it showed the G-Cloud setup was proving its worth.
“We’re really pleased to say that the CloudStore sales figures have gone beyond the £50m mark this month – in fact, it’s £53.5m,” she wrote.
She also touted the fact that spending with small and medium-sized IT firms – a key element of the G-cloud to try and end the dominance of larger suppliers – has risen again: “Another bit of good news is that the percentage of spend on SMEs is on the rise again, up from a reported 55 percent last month to 58 percent,” she said.
Some notable deals from the past month include a spend of £190,750 by the Office of the Public Guardian for a ‘core systems replacement’ with a firm called The Engine Group.
The Office for National Statistics also spends in excess of £50,000 with Parity Group for a raft of services including design and development, and project and programme management.
The government will be hoping the milestone proves the value of the G-Cloud setup and that it encourages others to use its services. Early this year, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude admitted it was underused, but said he was confident the benefits would see uptake grow.
Certainly, uptake does appear to be growing as spend on the platform is now double what it was in May, suggesting a growing awareness and interest in the G-Cloud framework.
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