Buying for the
Public Sector

Welcome to Advice Cloud services for UK Public Sector organisations. We have over 50 years combined experience as Public Sector procurement consultants across all sectors including Central & Local Government, Blue Light services, Education (Schools, Academies, Further & Higher education establishments), Housing & Healthcare/NHS


Our buying services

G-Cloud Procurement Services available on the Digital Marketplace

Advice Cloud have been supplying a range of Procurement related services on the G-Cloud framework since version iv. Our services are designed to support the Public Sector in any way they wish. From a per hour rate for ad-hoc support to leading on a highly sensitive cloud transformation procurement project. All our staff are at a minimum BPSS checked and we have access to Security Cleared (SC) professionals should you need. The services outlined below are what is listed currently under the G-Cloud 6 framework, we will be adding more services for G-Cloud 7 including Technical & Operational consultancy, Cloud Migration workshops (run by people who have actually migrated large systems, rather than theoretical consultants) and more.

Supplier Due Diligence

Supplier Due Diligence

One of the potential weaknesses of the G-Cloud process is that awards can be made with minimal supplier due diligence.

To mitigate the risks of choosing an unsuitable cloud service provider, Advice Cloud offer a suite of reports and appraisals to assist you in making sound procurement decisions.

We review the supplier’s finances, continuity processes, technology, security and contingency plans. We review their data protection policies and processes and investigate their reputation for customer service and satisfaction. We assess the appropriateness of the Service Level Agreements and assess how well their contract suits your project. We provide a detailed final report of our appraisal and recommend any necessary modifications to the contract and SLAs.

Service benefits:

  • Confidence in appointing a new supplier
  • Meeting the due diligence requirements for your organisation
  • Minimising your financial risk
  • Ensuring you have a suitable contract with no loopholes
  • Knowing that the service will meet the project goals


Through our G-Cloud procurement consultancy, public sector authorities have access to guidance and support to help them buy the most efficient and effective cloud-based services for their organisations.

Our consultants are experienced public sector buyers themselves with years of experience in buying and implementing cloud-based services.

We provide a procurement strategy and make the business case for procurement. We establish requirements, timescales and budgets and conduct supplier due diligence. We coach public sector buyers in negotiation and competitive dialogue and provide guidance on programme initiation, management and control. We advise on governance and contract compliance and provide strategy for business change and adoption. We provide client and stakeholder management and strategies to ensure skills and knowledge transfer.

Service benefits

  • Procuring the best possible solution for your organisation
  • Project success through defining appropriate and achievable outcomes
  • Compliance with CCS best practice
  • Maximum return on investment through successful adoption and integration
Early Market Engagement

Early Market Engagement

The cloud supplier market is continually changing and evolving.

Our early market engagement process quickly establishes the appetite and ability of the market to meet your requirements and timescales.

We identify a variety of potential suppliers and engage with them to help you refine your needs. We gain an understanding the capabilities and capacity of the market and rapidly establish high-level requirements based on user needs. We align your outcomes and timescales with what is achievable and establish your baseline costs. We iterate and refine specifications to ensure the most suitable service, define the grounds for procurement and create market conditions to deliver the solution if necessary.

Service benefits:

  • Compliance with CCS best procurement practices
  • A fully documented process that can be easily audited
  • A solid foundation that enables rapid execution of the procurement deal
  • Increased understanding resulting in increased value-for-money of the solution
  • Confidence that your outcomes are realistic and achievable

Buyer Training

This training is designed for authorities who haven’t yet used the Digital Marketplace to source cloud-based services.

By working on live examples, buyers gain a thorough understanding of the process, and how to deliver compliant call offs under the G-Cloud framework.

Our training is provided by experienced buyers and tailored to the procurement needs of your organisation. It is delivered on-site or remotely i.e. via Skype, WebEx, etc. It uses relevant live requirements to train buyers and is compliant with CCS guidelines throughout. It facilitates knowledge sharing amongst public sector buyers and allows access to a private LinkedIn G-Cloud buyers-only group.

Service benefits

  • Confident buyers who are comfortable with the process
  • Increases your organisation’s buying knowledge and capabilities
  • Compliance with CCS best practices under the G-Cloud framework
  • Insight into how to refine the process for your organisation
Buyer Training
Buyer Support

Buyer Support

This service provides on-going support for public sector buyers who are using the G-Cloud framework.

Buyers can ask questions and get rapid professional advice on any aspect of the procurement process from their designated member of our team of G-Cloud experts.

Our advice and support is provided by experienced buyers and draws on a large body of knowledge and use cases. Support is available via email, telephone or face-to-face and covers from early market engagement to award of contract. It can include assessment of supplier suitability and responses to queries, plus attendance at supplier interviews. It includes support with clarifications and contracts and all advice is underwritten by substantial professional indemnity insurance.

Service benefits:

  • A sounding board for critical decisions
  • Expert advice available on demand
  • Builds the buying knowledge and capabilities of your organisation
  • Scalable – buy anything from an hour to a year

Case Studies

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  • From day one Chris was extremely professional and worked hard and diligently to ensure that excellent results were delivered. He demonstrated excellent relationship management skills to ensure that our clients were consistently delighted. I would not hesitate to work with Chris Farthing again.

    Claire Jones

    Brighton & Hove City Council, Head of Procurement

  • Chris and I worked together on a few procurements that he managed at Defra. My experience is that Chris is highly effective in his work; he recognises diverse organisational requirements and aims to provide balanced procurement advice. Chris is very keen on identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders in order to deliver a good service to the client and ensure that time is well spent. He is an excellent team worker and a good communicator. I would look forward to working with Chris again.

    Eleni Pasdeki-Clewer

    DEFRA, Sustainable Procurement Manager

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