The growth of the G-Cloud Lots
Since its inception, which of the G-Cloud Lots have grown from strength to strength? What services are being procured more and more? We've taken a look.
With G-Cloud 12 fast approaching, it’s interesting to reflect on the growth of the framework. More specifically how each G-Cloud Lot has grown over the years! By delving into which ones are the most popular, and how much they’ve changed since the early days of the Digital Marketplace, we can hope to understand what could be in store for the 12th iteration of the Framework…
Which G-Cloud Lots are more popular?
By taking a look at the G-Cloud spend, it’s fairly clear that Cloud Support has generally been the most popular Lot on the framework, responsible for a whopping 70% of spend – at the value of £3.6bn since 2013! Support is then followed by Cloud Software, making up 17% of spend at £875m. Last but not least, Cloud Hosting contributes to 13% of the spend through G-Cloud with £699m!
How has spending increased by Lot over the years?
Breaking down the data year by year gives us an interesting look at how far we’ve come with the G-Cloud framework (hint: we’ve come very far!). Year on year we can see that the popularity of each Lot hasn’t changed, Cloud Support has always had more suppliers over the remaining Lots.
The differences lie in the amount spent by buyers within each Lot. We’ve seen some serious growth in the last five years! In 2015, £439m was spent on Cloud Support. In 2019 though, this rose to £637m. Cloud Software has risen from only £67m to a huge £263m throughout the whole of 2019. And Cloud Hosting also saw massive changes, with £57m rising to £145m in the year of 2018 too.
It’s worth pointing out, that some 2019 deals will still be coming in. So we’re not even expecting this to be the final numbers.
What does this mean for G-Cloud 12?
Patterns of spending up until this year have remained fairly consistent. So, we can most likely expect the general trends to continue into G-Cloud 12. Although there are different factors that come into play, political and economic mainly, G-Cloud has remained a great way for suppliers to do business with the public sector.
Central Government are consistently spending the most through the framework, with the majority being spent through Cloud Support, and not far behind it Cloud Software. We’re not expecting this to change. However, as G-Cloud – and many of its framework siblings – become more widely known about within the public sector, we may see the different sectors using the framework increase, and each of the G-Cloud Lots continue to grow. Exciting times as we approach the 12th chapter of the framework!