Case study

Award winning Welsh start-up: “Government is open for business”

James Smith and Steve Thair started their tech company DevOpsGuys just 3 years ago. Now they employ a workforce of over 40 people.

DevOpsGuys
DevOpsGuys

James Smith and Steve Thair started their tech company DevOpsGuys just 3 years ago. Now they employ a workforce of over 40 people.

Winning a government contract when they were just starting out fueled the rapid growth of their business.

James Smith said:

When you have government in your portfolio you attract more business; it’s an instantly recognised, trusted brand. It gives potential customers the confidence to do business with you. We’ve doubled our turnover every year and we’re on track to do the same again this year.

DevOpsGuys helps organisations transform and accelerate the way they deliver software. Alongside their government clients, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and Companies House, they work with industry giants such as Waitrose, Vodafone and Nokia.

Doing business with government is just as easy as with any of our private sector clients, thanks to the G-Cloud framework. It’s significantly streamlined both the contractual and invoicing process. Winning a government contract is a game changer for any small business.

Businesses can register on Contracts Finder to search for government contracts worth over £10,000.

Government is committed to working with more small businesses across the UK. This includes:

  • a new SME advisory panel
  • a simpler application process
  • listening to SMEs and making the application process quicker and easier
  • guaranteeing suppliers’ valid invoices will be paid in 30 days or less

Find out more about doing business with government at gov.uk/openforbusiness

Published 21 November 2016