London seeks to increase spend on SME services with the launch of Thirty3
Thirty3 launches with Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI)
This is the first time that SMEs can get a single view of London’s public sector technology contract opportunities for free. They can also improve their procurement readiness by completing a pre-procurement assessment.
Named after the number of London’s geographical areas, Thirty3 provides transparency around public procurement for SMEs and greater visibility of the SME market for buyers.
SMEs can get an aggregated view of public sector buying opportunities across the capital’s boroughs and providers of public services, including the London Metropolitan Police and Transport for London.
Public sector organisations can view technologies being used across the city – a feature that has been designed to encourage joint buying and pre-procurement collaboration and increase purchasing power. They can also view SME profiles to understand more about new technologies, with a view to better informing their requirements.
Thirty3 has been configured for London in collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI).
George Johnston, Founder, Nitrous said:
“91% of London’s public sector technology contracts are held by just 15 suppliers. We are here to help change this. Working with the GLA and LOTI, we’re confident that this is a significant step forward in closing the gap between some of London’s top innovators and citizen’s lives. The public sector procurement process is sometimes intimidating, which is why Thirty3 is focused on helping SMEs through this.”
Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London said:
“Thirty3 represents a shared commitment to supporting small-to-medium sized businesses across the capital and to giving government organisations greater buying power and more choices when it comes to procuring technology to ensure that London remains a centre of innovation.”
Thirty3 integrates with Tech.London, the Mayor’s platform for London’s technology ecosystem. A launch event is taking place at 12:00 today with Theo Blackwell and George Johnston being joined by Debbie Mackenzie, General Manager at Proactis and Rikesh Shah, Head of Commercial Innovation at Transport for London.
To read more about Nitrous’ procurement software that runs Thirty3, check out OppX to learn more.