Crown Commercial Service
Almost half of government digital spend now goes to SMEs
The latest figures from Digital Marketplace show that almost half of all spend went directly to small and medium-sized enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are reaping the benefits of a flourishing Digital Marketplace by accessing almost half of public sector spend on digital, data and technology services, the Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has announced today.
Over £1.9bn has been spent with SMEs since 2012, the equivalent of £1.35 out of every £3 spent by government.
The government has committed to levelling the playing-field for SMEs and support a more diverse supplier base. The Digital Marketplace was established to simplify the application process for accessing public sector digital contracts.
Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said:
This is excellent news. It’s great to see small business taking full advantage of the Digital Marketplace to help drive innovation in the public sector.
The Digital Marketplace is enabling small businesses to work in partnership with the public sector to drive the UK’s digital transformation. Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and this government is committed to help them prosper.
Thousands of SMEs are now signed up to provide their digital, data and technology services to government, and public bodies are utilising their expertise to drive the UK’s digital transformation. In the last year alone, £1.3bn has been spent through Digital Marketplace, with £602m going to SMEs.
One example is i-movo Limited, an SME based in Southwark, who won a DWP contract through Digital Marketplace. The company now delivers an online voucher system to support benefit claimants who are not able to access their payments through the bank.
David Tymm, CEO of i-movo said:
The process of joining and winning through the Digital Marketplace is straightforward even for niche solution providers like us.
We worked in partnership with our customer to deliver a solution which supports vulnerable citizens to access government services, and which at the same time will enable us to grow our reputation and our business.
Latest News from
Crown Commercial Service
Webinar 30 October - How to sell to the Blue Light services05/10/2018 15:08:00
Join this webinar to hear from Christopher Goodier who is national lead for the bluelight e-tendering portal and contracts database; the systems used by the majority of Police and Fire in the UK when looking for suppliers.
Webinar 23 October - DWP Test and Learn Dynamic Purchasing System04/10/2018 14:08:00
In this webinar you will hear from DWP about their new Test and Learn dynamic purchasing system. This presents opportunities for organisations, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to support and test the development of new approaches for employment support.
Crown Commercial Service Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18 Published18/07/2018 09:20:00
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) yesterday published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18, outlining a year of good progress.
Thousands of small businesses lined up for G-Cloud 1004/07/2018 11:10:00
G-Cloud 10, which could eventually be worth £600 million, is now open for business.
SME Event - Winning public sector business - North East19/05/2018 10:10:10
27 June 2018 - an information event for SMEs in the North East.
Prompt payment by Government suppliers10/04/2018 16:10:00
CCS are seeking views from suppliers to government, their representatives, public bodies and those involved in public procurement on proposals to take account of suppliers' approach to payment in their supply chain in major Government procurements, assessing whether they demonstrate a fair, effective and responsible approach towards this.
CCS to go ahead with Digital Outcomes and Specialists this year23/03/2018 09:20:00
Crown Commercial Service has confirmed that a third iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for supplier applications later this year.
Small cloud tech businesses in line for funding boost06/03/2018 16:15:00
Small businesses in the Technology sector will shortly be able to bid to win millions of pounds of business through a major government procurement framework.