CloudStore: 75% of suppliers are SMEs

Cabinet Office says CloudStore is breaking monopoly of integration giants

The Cabinet Office has said that three-quarters of the contracts awarded through the public sector IT services catalogue CloudStore have gone to SMEs, reports The Register.

The claim was made in response to feedback from some suppliers who suspect G-Cloud business is dominated by the same integrators that monopolised wider public sector IT procurement.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Around 7% of the 260 suppliers on the G-Cloud framework are SMEs and 75% of the contracts let to date have gone to SMEs”.

The Cabinet Office described this as “impressive progress” in the six months since the online IT services catalogue CloudStore went live.

“The G-Cloud framework is still new and we are keen to work with SMEs as it develops – we want to hear their views on how we can continue to ensure a level playing field,” the spokesman added.

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