UX agency Sigma has been appointed to the Government’s new Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework, which connects public sector organisations to selected suppliers of digital services.

The framework is part of the Digital Marketplace, which aims to make the commissioning of digital and cloud services simpler and faster.

Inclusion in the framework will allow Sigma to extend its user research, testing and co-design work to new public sector organisations.

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Projects of a certain size in government have to go through a recognised procurement framework, so it will also help the company to work on larger projects.

Macclesfield-based Sigma has a growing public sector client-base, including Sport England, Victim Support and North Wales Police.

Shaun Gomm, commercial director at Sigma, said: “We’re delighted to be appointed to the new framework.

“This enables us to work more closely with public sector organisations across a rapidly growing portfolio of digital services, in both local and central government.

“We’ve always worked extensively on information-rich websites, applications, and digital services, and aligned ourselves closely with the Government Digital Service principles of openness, data-driven decision making, agile working – and of course putting users at the heart of our approach.

“Being part of this new procurement framework for government is an important step.

“It will allow us to formally deliver our user experience design and development services to public sector clients, who are increasingly thinking of digital as the principle method of engagement with their customers.”

Both Sigma’s Macclesfield and Cambridge offices are registered as user research and usability testing labs in the new framework.