Government open for business with the UK tech industry

A two-way commitment, dubbed the Supplier Standard, to establish and support collaborative and constructive relationships between the UK Government and the tech industry.

The Supplier Standard is a guide for future tech businesses and their interaction with the UK Government.

It represents the beginning of a campaign to get more businesses bidding for Government contracts, with 6 key principles built into their foundations.

These include; putting the user needs first, viewing data as a public asset, services built on open standards and reusable components, simple, clear, fast transactions, ongoing engagement, and transparent contracting.

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These principles are very much indicative of the time, with transparency and customer/citizen satisfaction relating to improved operational efficiency at the forefront of business focus.

“These six principles are a great step forward in delivering the right collaboration between government and Industry, said Julian David, CEO of techUK.

“They will be the basis for opening procurement to companies large and small, exposing government departments to the best innovation our tech sector has to offer, and delivering value for money to the UK taxpayer.”

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Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, announced the news at a techUK conference, and emphasised a move away from large-scale, long-term IT contracts towards more agile and transparent interactions focused on joint delivery.

“The new supplier standard is just a starting point. We want suppliers, both current and potential, to take note of the key principles and use them to help in the bidding process for Government IT and tech projects.”

Julian David, CEO of techUK, said: “In order to achieve the government’s ambition of digitally enabled public services that meet the needs of 21st century Britain, it’s vital that public and private sectors work closely together.”

This six-point plan agreed with the Government should open up the technology market to suppliers of all sizes.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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