Yesterday, the UK government announced that Huddle has been successful in our bid to be on the G-Cloud Services Framework.  With our ever-growing user base across government – Huddle is now used by 75 per cent of central UK government and numerous local council and NHS organisations –  it’s great news for UK public sector organisations and UK SMEs alike.

The Framework aims to open up more government business to cloud vendors.  The use of cloud across government is increasing and I’m seeing more public sector organisations adopting a “cloud first” policy, similar to that pushed by Vivek Kundra, former U.S. Federal Government CIO, across the Atlantic. In the UK, government CIOs now understand the benefits that the cloud brings, such as increased flexibility and cost reductions. Rather being held back by security fears, government IT teams are now having some sensible conversations about how to deploy cloud services securely and successfully.

Government procurement was the final piece of the cloud jigsaw that needed to be resolved as many SMEs have suffered delays at the hands of government procurement, despite the appetite from within the organisation to actually use the supplier’s services.  The G-Cloud Services Framework is ground-breaking in a number of ways:

  • It gives growing UK businesses a proper chance of winning UK government contracts. Such deals have long been the domain of big integrators and technology goliaths. The G-Cloud Services Framework levels the playing field
  • For the first time, there is a marketplace of cloud services for government, which will create real competition
  • UK public sector organisations can now procure cloud collaboration and content management technology quickly and easily, without the need for single tender justification
  • Rather than trying to complicate matters, asking suppliers to submit highly complex and detailed bids, the Framework was designed to be far more accessible to smaller technology companies. The Government Procurement Service extended the deadline for responses on the Framework and suppliers weren’t asked to submit lengthy pre-qualification questionnaire. It seems that the main priority was to support innovation.

The great news is that as of today UK public sector organisations (including the NHS) will be able to procure both Huddle and Huddle IL3 easily and swiftly by transacting through the G-Cloud Services Framework.  Good work Government Procurement Service and all those involved in the G-Cloud programme.  Long may government procurement work this way!

If you’re a UK government organisation and you want to learn more about buying Huddle under the G-Cloud Services Framework please contact government@huddle.com

Pauline Yau


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