Today, 10 September 2020 during London Tech Week’s London borough tech spotlight launched a new city-wide platform for tech procurement. Thirty3 brings together all the contracting opportunities from across London’s thirty three local authorities into one place, making them searchable, understandable and useable for the capital’s tech businesses.
Recognising that the local government market can be a challenging one to enter, the platform will help SMEs and new entrants to better compete by aggregating procurement opportunities and helping identify early market opportunities. It aims to become London’s key hub for technology-focused public sector procurement providing public sector organisations in the city with clearer information on what products are available.
Thirty3 was funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and the London Growth Hub, and developed by the Greater London Authority and London startup Nitrous in partnership with the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI).
London’s chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell, said: “Thirty3 will make London more open to innovation by creating a city-wide platform to understand technology needs across the public sector for the first time. This will diversify London’s tech infrastructure, improve services for Londoners and help public bodies save money.”
Commenting on the launch of Thirty3, techUK’s Head of Local Public Services Georgina Maratheftis:
“Todays launch is a welcome move and a step in the right direction in creating the conditions for meaningful collaboration across the local govtech ecosystem. Too often procurement is the blocker to transformation and for new entrants and SMEs entering this rewarding market. The platform is a good example of how procurement can enable innovation. With the right data, the platform will not only be of value to the Boroughs, but also to new entrants and suppliers to better understand well in advance the potential opportunities. Often the difficulty for suppliers in this market is the lack of pipeline visibility. The platform will go some way to addressing this challenge, but must be supported by early market engagement, allowing London Boroughs to access and understand the innovations and technologies that exist to help solve some of the most pressing challenges the city faces.”
“techUK with it’s members were delighted to test some of the assumptions of the initial GovTech platform at a joint roundtable last year to make sure the tools proposed meet a real need. It’s great to see how far the sector has come in making collaboration a reality and not just a buzzword. techUK looks forward to continuing engagement and supporting early market engagement that not only supports industry navigate public sector opportunities but deliver outcomes and procurements that meet a user need and improve the lives of Londoners.”
“Hopefully this is the first step of many where true partnership working with industry and local public services become a reality and shifting from ‘buyer’ and ‘supplier’ to partners.”