The recent launch of a new framework will give almost 2,000 SMEs the chance to become public sector suppliers, says a Government statement.
The new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework, which was launched on the 24th of February by Crown Commercial Service and Government Digital Service, is giving almost 2,000 SMEs the chance to become suppliers to the public sector. It will be live for 12 months, with the option for a 12-month extension.
The framework already has over 800 more suppliers signed up than Digital Outcomes and Specialists 1, the framework it has replaced, with a total of 2,018 suppliers on board and ready to sell their services.
According to the Government, 94% of these participants are small and medium-sized enterprises.
This should help the Government meets its target of spending £1 in every £3 with small businesses by 2020, which is equivalent to around £15 billion worth of purchases each year.
The Digital Marketplace
The Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework is designed to help public sector buyers find suppliers that can provide teams or specialists to help deliver digital projects, and covers four areas:
digital outcomes, e.g. a booking system or an accessibility audit
digital specialists, e.g. example a developer or user researcher
user research studios – premises to conduct research sessions
user research participants, e.g. people from a specific user group to test a service
The framework forms part of The Digital Marketplace, which also offers cloud technology and support, e.g. web hosting and IT health checks, and physical datacentre space for legacy systems.
Want Your Business to be Part of the Digital Marketplace? Here’s How.
All suppliers on The Digital Marketplace use either the G-Cloud, Digital Outcomes and Specialists or Crown Hosting Data Centres framework. If you want to discover more about how your business could become part of the Digital Marketplace, there is a useful general guide and set of standards.