G-Cloud 11 is now open!
Supplier applications are now open for the 11th iteration of the G-Cloud framework.
With £4.25bn worth of services sold since G-Cloud first came on the scene (43% of that with SMEs) we definitely recommend getting involved.
If you’re already listing on G-Cloud 10, you will need to re-submit your services for the new iteration of the framework. Remember, this is a great opportunity to review your listings and make any changes or add any new products.
CCS have given a provisional deadline for applications as Wednesday 15th May but we don’t suggest leaving it until the last minute!
Provisional application timeline:
|Monday 25th March||G-Cloud 11 opens for applications and you can start asking clarification questions|
|Tuesday 30th April, 5pm||Deadline for asking clarification questions|
|Wednesday 15th May, 5pm||Answers to clarification questions will be published on the Digital Marketplace|
|Wednesday 22nd May, 5pm||Applications for G-Cloud 11 close|
|Thursday 20th June||You'll be told if your application to G-Cloud 11 was successful|
|Friday 21st June to Monday 1st July||Standstill period|
|Tuesday 2nd July||Expected start day for framework agreement|
Changes between GC10 and GC11
Not a great deal has in fact changed from the two iterations, the most notable improvements are:
- G-Cloud 11 has placed additional cybersecurity requirements on suppliers. Including an increased focus on anti-virus and anti-malware technology
- The HSCN network has been added to the available list of networks (YAY)
- In the supplier declaration organisations have been asked to make sure they meet the reporting requirements of the Modern Slavery Act if they have a turnover of more than £36m a year.
CCS helpfully publish a document with the full breakdown of changes. You can find the full summary here.
How does it work?
G-Cloud 11 is a catalogue framework, comprised of three Lots:
- Cloud Hosting
- Cloud Software
- Cloud Support
As with past iterations, applications are uncapped. This means that an unlimited amount of suppliers can join the framework, as long as they are compliant. There’s no restriction on the size of your business, as long as you provide off the shelf cloud solutions. You can also apply to sell cyber security services through the framework.