G-Cloud 12: What you can do with this extra time
With G-Cloud 12 applications extended until 20th July, we've looked at what you can do with the extra time.
We’ve known for a while now that the G-Cloud 12 application has been extended to July, meaning that we have several months until the go-Live date. Check out the updated timeline here. But that isn’t to say that you should be pushing public sector procurement to the back of your mind. There is a lot you can be doing in the meantime to prepare yourself for go-Live, as well as offering your services to government sooner rather than later. Take a look at our suggestions.
List on the COVID-19 catalogue
There may be a delay in being able to offer your services through G-Cloud 12, but there are ways that your business can support government now, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
CCS have received thousands of offers from suppliers to provide goods and services during this time, and so, they put together a catalogue of these offerings for authorities with urgent needs to buy from. This is being updated on a daily basis – take a look here.
If you are able to provide any relevant services – including “expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement or engineering” – complete the questionnaire and get listed on the catalogue here.
Get your website up to scratch
Back to G-Cloud. In preparation for the new Go-Live date in late September, make sure that your website is up to scratch. Do you have a public sector landing page? If not, we would suggest creating one. If so, how is your messaging around selling to government? Do you state what current frameworks you are listed on, or previous public sector organisations that you have worked with?
Advice Cloud provide a number of resources that will help you to talk about being a government supplier. Get in touch to find out more.
Get to know your target sector
Is your service aimed at a specific government sector, such as Health or Education? If so, now is the time to get clued up on what your target sector is buying, and who from. Check out Advice Cloud’s spend data dashboard here.
If you’re targeting Local Government, take a look at the budgets and digital roadmaps of various councils, such as Croydon. What are their plans for digital transformation over the next year or so?
Also, follow the key organisations and people on Twitter and LinkedIn. Research trends! Join in the conversations about relevant topics and problems that you can solve – there are certainly a lot of them at the moment.
It also goes without saying, make sure you know how G-Cloud works. Refresh on the processes and how buyers will use the framework to procure their services and solutions.
Attend (online) events
Face-to-face events might be on hold, but not to worry – the majority of them have moved online. It’s crucial to keep attending, virtually networking and keeping your knowledge all of things public sector up to date. Even better – why not hold your own virtual event or webinar? Now is the time for knowledge sharing.
This extra time gives you an opportunity to really look at your services and make sure you’re doing G-Cloud properly. Make sure your services are going to be bought. Carry out buyability checks on your listings before submitting them. After all, it might seem like lots of extra time but the deadline will come quickly.
In short, use this extra time to get ahead of the game! These steps are simple, but will make the world of difference when it gets to September and G-Cloud 12 goes Live.