Total sales through the SMB-friendly G-Cloud framework have smashed the £500m mark, but in February the majority of sales were made by central government through large suppliers.
From the framework's launch in 2012 until the end of February, sales through G-Cloud reached £516.6m. The scheme was established by the government to make it easier for smaller firms to sell to the government so the public sector could get better value for money and avoid being locked into long-term deals with big, inflexible suppliers.
In total, 49 per cent of sales by value have been awarded to smaller firms. More than three quarters (76 per cent) of total sales by value were made by central government bodies, with just 24 per cent going through the wider public sector.
According to public data published last night, in February, even fewer SMBs cashed in on G-Cloud.
The data shows that in February, total sales by value surpassed £39m, 60 per cent of which went to large suppliers, with SMBs accounting for the other portion. More than two thirds – 69 per cent – of February's total sales went to central government departments, with the rest of the public sector making up the remainder.
In February, the largest transaction was a £1m deal between CSA Waverley and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for an undisclosed project. The smallest transaction was for 14p and was awarded to DataCentred by Strategy Policy and Governance.
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