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Usual suspects make UK.gov Digital Services supplier list

The Channel - Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work.

A tender was issued by Government Procurement Services in July. It had been looking for a maximum of 999 suppliers to provide software engineering and support; sysadmin and web operations; content design and development; and user research.

This is all part of the government's efforts to save £1.7bn annually by 2015 by pushing its public sector transactions online.

The Cabinet Office said 84 per cent of the total supplier lineup are SMEs, and 70 of the firms have not sold to public sector buyers before and nearly all of these are considered small fry.

Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, said the deal proved "we are levelling the playing field for government contracts" and "giving opportunities to new entrants".

The problem is that compared to the billions of cash dished out to the usual suspects, this £40m framework pales into insignificance.