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Wales – 12 September 2012 – Estyn have today become one of the first Welsh public sector organisations to acquire IT services through the government’s G-Cloud programme tendered by GPS Government procurement service.

The G-Cloud is an iterative programme delivering fundamental changes in the way the public sector acquires ICT by moving away from predominantly large suppliers to SMEs providing services on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The initiative is expected to deliver long-term cost savings and the government recently revealed that some £249 million worth of savings in ICT spend have been made over the last financial year.

Estyn have acquired IT services from SME, Memset, an accredited supplier of the G-Cloud programme. 

Keron McCormack from Estyn said: “Using the G-Cloud framework was a very straightforward process, and we hope other Welsh public sector organisations will be encouraged to take advantage of new technologies and new procurement models that the service offers.”

Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset, said: “This is a very significant and exciting contract for Memset, its first direct G-Cloud order. By bringing more innovation and competition into government procurement, the G-Cloud has the potential to be hugely disruptive and could play a key part in saving the government £12bn per year by 2020. ”

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About Memset

Memset is an award-winning IT hosting company based in Guildford, Surrey, providing managed hosting and cloud computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions for businesses and public sector via the G-Cloud Framework.

Services range from individual virtual machines (Miniserver VM®s) to enterprise-class dedicated server clusters with multi-site fail-over, all without term contracts or up-front costs. Customers range from start-ups to large corporates (eg. Debenhams, Hilton Hotels the BBC and Hanson) across all industry types. Our services are especially popular with IT companies providing Web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). 

Recently awarded an ISPA award for ‘Best Managed Service’, Memset has also been voted as the UK’s Best Web Host for the sixth consecutive year at the PC Pro Awards.

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About Estyn

Estyn inspects quality and standards in education and training providers throughout Wales.  Estyn also provides advice to the Welsh Government on quality and standards in education and training in Wales and promotes the spread of good practice in education and training.