Suppliers short-changed by G-Cloud spending in July

Suppliers short-changed by G-Cloud spending in July

Hopefully just a summer slump

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Spending by central government departments through the G-Cloud framework slumped to under £100,000 last month.

Suppliers that were awarded G-Cloud framework accreditation are obliged to provide details of any sales they complete through the framework, which the Government Procurement Service receives monthly.

The latest figures showed spending slumped to just £98,182 in July, compared to £459,730 in June, and £555,187 in April when G-Cloud trading began.

One of the biggest earners last month was Microsoft, which earned a modest £20,586 from the Department of International Development. Apto Solutions was awarded the biggest contract during the month, but that was only £24,570 from the Cabinet Office.

Nevertheless, 75 percent of the spend through G-Cloud was with SMEs, the G-Cloud team said. The government has committed to enabling more small firms to access public contracts.

Since April, £1,276,780-worth of contracts have been awarded through the G-Cloud. The biggest contract so far awarded has been a £251,000 deal signed by cloud services firm Huddle with the Ministry of Justice.

G-Cloud suppliers will be hoping the slump in spending in July is down to the holiday season impacting on business activity, rather than government departments going off cloud-based procurement.

The government launched a CloudStore in February, which saw 257 suppliers signed up to the G-Cloud framework, offering 1,700 cloud services to the public sector, and catalogued within an online portal.

The government has since revealed details of the second iteration of its G-Cloud framework, which will run for 12 months and is worth £100 million.

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