A Leeds-based data consultancy is set to help lead digital transformation for the government and public sector organisations following its appointment to the G Cloud 13 framework.

The Oakland Group will now be able to provide consultancy, data services, and cloud hosting and support to public sector bodies across the UK. The rigorous procurement process ensures organisations can access advice and support from leading consultancies.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Corderoy, managing director said: "As one of the few select businesses chosen to be part of the G Cloud framework, our experts will be able to help drive efficiencies and transformational technology projects for public sector bodies across the UK. It is great recognition of the talent we have in the business and the body of work we've developed in recent years that ranges from Yorkshire Water to Network Rail."

The UK Government established the framework to enable public sector organisations to purchase technology services more easily and at a lower cost. It eliminates the need for a lengthy tendering process by using a list of approved suppliers with pre-negotiated terms and pricing already in place.

G Cloud 13 covers a wide range of cloud-based services, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and specialist cloud services such as data analytics and machine learning.

The Oakland Group has also been appointed to the newly created Lot 4, with another 39 approved suppliers selected from hundreds of applications to deliver large-scale cloud services.

Data from the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which manages G-Cloud, shows that the public sector has spent £18.6 billion* over the course of the framework. According to government data, G-Cloud has reached 33% of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK through direct spending or indirectly through the supply chain.

Richard concluded: "The G Cloud framework helps public sector organisations deploy technology faster to benefit people across the nation. It also supports the growth of the UK's digital economy by providing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply cloud services to the public sector."