Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, has initiated a £2.7m programme to improve the uptake of IT technologies in the region through the creation and operation of a quality mark.
Developed and managed by the UK National Computing Centre (NCC), the ICT Supplier Standard will increase the visibility of SME vendors in the IT supply chain and encourage buyers to purchase solutions from them.
Advantage West Midlands (AWM) said suppliers taking part in the scheme will be positioned as quality suppliers and this will contribute to sustainable economic growth in the region.
Stuart Webb, AWM ICT cluster manager said, "At present there are many standards and codes of practice which may be relevant when a company is purchasing ICT services or products from a supplier.
“But the value of specific qualifications is reduced when they are not widely recognised. At the same time, many customers would like to select suppliers whom they can trust to deliver. This brand will map onto existing standards, showcasing them rather than adding to their number,” said Webb.
To get the ICT Supplier Standard mark, suppliers will be judged on three areas: people, qualifications and/or experience; practices and policies that are followed; and performance in the view of their customers.
The NCC said the standard may be taken up by other regions.