The App Business awarded a place on the Government Procurement Service (GPS) Digital Service Framework

Emily Maginess
By Emily Maginess under News 18 December 2013

Following an in-depth competitive tender process, the Government Procurement Service (GPS) has announced the list of suppliers that have been awarded a place on the new digital service framework – we’re delighted that The App Business (TAB) has successfully made the cut.

In total, an impressive 183 agencies were successful, selected to help build digital and mobile services for the UK public sector. This will encompass central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

The App Business, however, was one of the very few agencies to be awarded all eight roles available across the digital service framework, including: software engineering and ongoing support; product development and service design; agile delivery management; front-end design and interaction design; content design and development system administration and web operations; user research and embedding agile.

Dan Joseph, Director of The App Business, commented: “Everybody at The App Business is hugely excited about our place on the GPS Digital Service Framework. To be one of the few companies awarded every role across a very comprehensive spectrum speaks volumes about the quality of the team here.”

What is the Government Digital Service (GDS)?

GDS is a new team within the Cabinet Office tasked with transforming digital services in the public sector. The digital service framework has been put together by GPS (also part of the Cabinet Office) to meet the Government’s digital strategy and ‘Digital by Default’ standards being introduced by the GDS. GPS will offer this as a managed procurement service available for the first time to central government.

Designed to provide access to the right digital capability and expertise, the framework will create and deliver public services that are ‘Digital by Default’, and squarely focused on the user. Intended to facilitate knowledge sharing and best practice across government and the public sector, the game-changing values at the heart of the framework are deeply embedded at The App Business, and reflect our own commitment to being audience-led and technology-informed.

The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “We want to have a highly competitive market for government business, access to innovation, and to drive growth by working with businesses of all sizes. That’s how we will deliver world-leading digital public services and build a stronger economy.”