https://digitalmarketplace.blog.gov.uk/2014/11/06/digital-marketplace-beta-opens-for-business/

Digital Marketplace Beta Opens for Business

Francis Maude trails the Digital Marketplace

Digital Marketplace is now the single place to buy cloud-based services from the G-Cloud framework and fully replaces CloudStore.

Minister of the Cabinet Office (MCO), Francis Maude, was recently invited to use the Digital Marketplace and said:
“As part of our long term plan this Government has been levelling the playing field and opening up Digital procurement to the widest range of suppliers including SMEs.
We know that the range of frameworks and stores can be confusing. That’s why the new Digital Marketplace, which makes it clearer, simpler and faster for the whole of the public sector to buy digital products and services when it needs to, is a vast improvement for both supplier and customer.

This will ultimately lead to the delivery of better services for the general public, and means that we can continue to work with a range of quality suppliers of all sizes."

Executive Director of GDS Mike Bracken said:

“We are developing a whole new of way of buying digital. Modern services need to be continually iterated and improved to meet users' needs. And we need a platform that allows us to flexibly commission what we need to deliver those services, drive down cost and drive up value.

The Digital Marketplace demonstrates that we can build a service that meets these needs and allows government to work with a wide range of innovative suppliers of all sizes."