Applications now open for G-Cloud 13

From: techUK
Published: Mon Mar 14 2022

On Wednesday 9 March, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) launched the application process for this much-anticipated agreement between government and suppliers of cloud services.

G-Cloud 13, which will replace G-Cloud 12, will continue to enable UK central government departments and all other public sector bodies to purchase cloud-based computing services such as hosting, software and cloud support, including many of-the-shelf, pay-as-you-go cloud solutions. And the following changes are being introduced:

  • Improved terms and conditions, with greater inclusion for the provision of day-rate cloud support and services.
  • Inclusion of the latest procurement policies, including social value and prompt payment.

Previously divided into three lots, G-Cloud 13 will also have an additional lot 4 for further competition for Cloud Support Services for larger, more complex requirements. Indeed, the product types are as follows:

  1. Lot 1 Cloud Hosting (PaaS, IaaS) - cloud platform or infrastructure, which allows buyers to deploy, manage and run software, and provision and use processing, storage or networking resources.
  2. Lot 2 Cloud Software (SaaS) - applications which are accessed over the internet and hosted in the cloud.
  3. Lot 3 Cloud Support - to help set up and maintain cloud software or hosting services.
  • Cloud Migration Planning
  • Set Up and Migration
  • Security Services
  • Quality Assurance and Performance Testing
  • Training
  • Ongoing Support
  1. Lot 4 Cloud Support - Further Competition - the scope of this lot is the same as Lot 3 but is designed for larger, more complex requirements procured through further competition.

The scope and application process for Lots 1-3 remain unchanged, and suppliers can apply for any combination of the four lots.

The G-Cloud 13 agreement will run for 12 months, with an option to extend for a further 12 months; and the framework call-off term has changed to 36 months, with an optional 12-month extension.

This intention is for G-Cloud 13 to provide access to multiple suppliers and cloud services, including a high number of SMEs; a quick and easy route to market; access to the latest cloud technologies and innovation; and improve pricing via further competition for Cloud Support Services in Lot 4.

Important dates to know for G-Cloud 13

Lots 1, 2 and 3:

  • Applications open - Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • Clarification questions close - Thursday 14 April 2022
  • All clarification answers are published - Thursday 28 April 2022
  • Applications close - Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • Intention to Award - Friday 26 August 2022
  • Standstill period ends - Tuesday 6 September 2022
  • Award - Wednesday 7 September 2022
  • Expected agreement start day - Thursday 8 September 2022

Lot 4 (note some dates are different):

  • Invitation to Tender (ITT) opens - Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • Clarification questions close - Thursday 14 April 2022
  • All clarification answers are published - Thursday 28 April 2022
  • Tender submission deadline - Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • Intention to Award - Monday 10 October 2022
  • Standstill period ends - Thursday 20 October 2022
  • Award - Friday 21 October
  • Expected agreement start day - Monday 24 October 2022

You can find the tender documents for Lots 1-3 here and the tender documents for Lot 4 here.

How to apply to G-Cloud 13 lots 1,2 or 3

Already sell on G-Cloud 12?

You will still need to apply on G-Cloud 13 - all G-Cloud 13 services will be removed when G-Cloud 13 is live. You can reuse your G-Cloud

New supplier? You'll need to create an account on the Digital Marketplace to apply

How to submit a tender for G-Cloud 13 lot 4

You can submit your tender using the Crown Commercial Service eSourcing tool. Please note that if you are an existing supplier, you will NOT be able to reuse your G-Cloud 12 service and declaration documents for lot 4.

You can find out more about applying to the G-Cloud 13 framework here.

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