MP Francis Maude claims G-Cloud sales have shot past £175m

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced that the total spend on the G-Cloud framework since its 2012 launch has now exceeded £175m.

Maude made the announcement at the Public Sector Show earlier this week, adding that the project has been successful at opening up government business to SMEs.

He referred to G-Cloud as an essential component of the government’s Digital by Default agenda, and that by reducing barriers for entry for smaller companies, Whitehall now has access to “the best technology and digital ideas,” because it’s not necessarily large enterprises that hold these.

The Minister claims that the procurement framework was built “for both government and the companies listed on CloudStore,” because it means “less bureaucracy and less hassle.”

Big jump in spending during April

In March, the total G-Cloud spending figure was £154.6m, revealing a large increase in spending over April.

The news comes despite many figures calling for more awareness about the network, including its former boss, now Home Office CTO, Denise McDonagh.

Last month, GDS COO Tony Singleton explained in a blog post that a number of measures were being taken to ensure the visibility of G-Cloud was going to get a boost.

The government has committed to do 25 per cent of all business with SMEs by next year, and Maude also announced it is on the way to this target via the framework.

Of that £175m figure, he claimed that 60 per cent of this was going to SMEs, adding that he wants this figure to “grow even more.”

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