New guidelines have been issued by the Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service in order to help simplify things for IT and technology companies wishing to do business with the Government.

According to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer, a new two-way commitment, known as the Supplier Standard, has been issued which aims to boost and support constructive relationships for those firms looking to work with the Government. Mr Gummer spoke at the London-based techUK to outline the six principles which will form the basis for IT and tech contracts with the Government. These include user needs being put first, data being a public asset, simple, clear, fast transactions, and ongoing engagement.

Mr Gummer said: "The new supplier standard is just a starting point. We want suppliers, both current and potential, to take note of the fundamental principles and use them to help in the bidding process for Government IT and tech projects."

Julian David, CEO of techUK said that public and private sectors must collaborate in order to meet the Government’s aim of digitally-enabled public services that suit today's needs. "These six principles are a significant step forward in delivering the right collaboration between Government and industry. 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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