Celebrating 30 years of Government Business

Clive Beer, business development manager at Government Business looks back at the last three decades.

Government Business is celebrating 30 years of providing information services to the UK public sector and continues to go from strength to strength.

Launched in 1994, GB was intended to be a guide for senior specifiers across the UK providing insight into developments affecting procurement of both products and services.

     Independent, unbiased editorial from professional bodies and industry experts highlight areas of both concern and potential for the improvement of public service provision.

    It has been an exciting and challenging 30-year journey with a number of major events providing the backdrop.

    The millennium and the prediction of IT meltdown proved unfounded but vast sums were spent to protect infrastructure.

    The financial crisis of 2008 was also a particularly nervous time with fears over service provision capability.

    GB examined these and other major events with an informed and unbiased approach highlighting potential pitfalls and possible solutions.

    The launch of the Crown Commercial Service Framework system enabled Private Sector organisations to work with the Public Sector in a more straightforward way and we regularly highlight specific frameworks.

    Then of course, Covid-19 circled the globe with the subsequent consequences – pressure on the NHS, lockdowns, furlough payments and the massive increase in home working.

    As the Pandemic struck, we quickly realised that a printed publication could not be guaranteed to reach our readers and the decision was made to move to digital distribution.

    After 30 Years of consistent development, GB is ideally placed to move forward and cement its place as a leader in the field of Public Sector Information provision.

Here’s to the next 30!


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