The Scottish Government has named Connect as one of a select number of organisations to be granted a place on the new Application Design and Development Services (ADDS) framework.

The framework has been created to provide public and third sector bodies in Scotland with one-stop access to commercial arrangements for procuring development services.

Central Government, health, local authorities, universities and colleges, voluntary organisations and charities registered in Scotland can now access the framework, which commenced on August 1st 2016 for a two-year period.

Only 20 organisations have been appointed as suppliers by the Scottish Government, having met the stringent needs of the Scottish public sector’s ‘Digital First’ strategy.

The ADDS framework aims to: maximise efficiency and collaboration through alignment of procurement activity, provide a robust and flexible route to market for Scottish public sector organisations with a need for application design and development services, demonstrate savings, promote consistent, sustainable procurement, improve access to public sector contracts and highlight experienced, qualified suppliers.

No two requirements are expected to be the same on the framework, in terms of the scale or scope from a public body or collection of organisations due to budget, service delivery and sustainability outcomes. Organisations can use the framework to run mini-competitions or a Direct Award option for contracts.

Our appointment comes just weeks after we joined the UK Government’s G-Cloud 8 framework through 2017.

Connect’s joint Managing Directors, Carole Boardman and Janet Symes said: “Our appointment on the ADDS framework puts us in a very strong position to offer our award-winning services to a range of public sector bodies in Scotland.

“Our services encompass each stage of project delivery; from strategy and planning to best practice wireframing and prototyping, through to industry-leading responsive design and cross-platform app development. We are committed to supporting local government and public bodies in Scotland to achieve their digital objectives.”

Connect has extensive experience delivering digital solutions to Scottish organisations, including Scottish Assessors’ Association, Grampian Valuation Joint Board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, One Scotland Gazetteer and Scottish Water.

Scottish Procurement aims to deliver benefits to the people of Scotland through improved value for money for taxpayers, improved goods and services for all citizens and economic opportunities for Scotland. This is achievable through effective collaboration throughout the procurement cycle.

Scottish Procurement acknowledges the work, support and contribution from all sector representatives.  Their input has helped to shape the direction of the project to a successful outcome.

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