New Digital Marketplace launched by Francis Maude

Written by Sarah Aston on 6 November 2014 in News

The Marketplace, designed to make it easier for government to do business with IT providers of all sizes, was launched today by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

This coincides with the next step in the G-Cloud framework developments and the announcement that G-Cloud 6 is now open for applications.

The Marketplace, which provides a single place for the public sector to access and buy IT commodities, will replace the current Cloudstore for the second iteration of the Digital Services framework when it launches in the New Year.

Maude said: “We know that the range of frameworks and stores can be confusing. That’s why the new Digital Marketplace, which makes it clearer, simpler and faster for the whole public sector to buy digital products and services when it needs to, is a vast improvement for both supplier and customer.

“This will ultimately lead to the delivery of better services for the public, and means that we can continue to work with a range of quality suppliers of all sizes.”

Explaining that modern services need to be continually improved to meet user needs, executive director of Government Digital Services, Mike Bracken, said: “The Digital Marketplace demonstrates that we can build a service that meets [user] needs and allows government to work with a wide range of innovative suppliers of all sizes.” 

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