Innovation Birmingham Campus hosted the techUK SME Town Hall: G-Cloud event on 12th March at its Faraday Wharf conference facilities.
TechUK represents the companies and technologies defining today’s future business tools and processes.
More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively, these businesses employ more than 500,000 people; about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of techUK members are small and medium sized businesses.
The afternoon event attracted over 50 delegates from public and private sectors and was opened by Naureen Khan, Head of Public Sector Programmes, techUK.
Naureen gave an overview of the programmes focus, services and events.
techUK is committed to seeing its members and the tech sector grow. The initiative focusses its efforts on the following areas: helping its members expand into new markets by identifying significant opportunities for growth; improving operating performance by shaping public policy issues optimising the industry’s economic potential; and to make informed decisions to retain competitive advantage and build stronger relationships with potential customers, partners and suppliers.
Other speakers included Stephen Allott, Cabinet Office Crown Representative for SMEs, and Tony Singleton, Chief Operating Officer, Government Digital Service.
Stephen Allott spoke on the Governments aspirations to work directly with SMEs, working through a series of policy developments surrounding procurement. Stephen informed attendees of the various ways the government is paving the way for more SMEs to sell their services and engage with Government projects and opportunities.
Tony Singleton provided an update on the UK Government G-Cloud service. The initiative is targeted at easing procurement by public sector bodies in departments of the UK Government with commodity IT services that use cloud computing.
The G-Cloud consists of: A series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can call off services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process; An online store – the “CloudStore” – that allows public sector bodies to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud frameworks.
Admitting there is still room for improvement, Tony outlined plans for enhancing the web experience for users, building a more robust product catalogue, and making it event easier for buyers to find what they are looking for by using the latest machine learning technology.
The aim of the event was to be as interactive as possible. Between each speaker, Naureen encouraged delegates to put their thoughts and questions to the on-hand panel which included Stephen, Tony and Thomas Atkins, Commodity Manager, HMRC Technology Team, Commercial Directorate.
techUK will be delivering an events road show to educate members of the benefits of using the Governments G-Cloud service. For more information on other techUK events and how you can get involved with the G-Cloud platform visit the techUK website