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Cimple

Cimple is a Future Arc Venture that is aiming to transform the way that the buying and supplying of goods and services works in the Public Sector launching in the Education sector initially. Cimple went formally live in January 2022 and saw c.100 users register interest in the first 2 weeks with minimal marketing.

How we did it

Cimple is a Government Marketplace solution that creates data-led buying experiences for the Public Sector. Cimple enables Government buyers to buy any good or service through a marketplace where it uses aggregated data to drive intelligent buying experiences.  The aggregated data has been negotiated and acquired from Companies House and Contracts Finder and is linked into the platform through API’s.

The process and challenges

The process we have undertaken in developing Cimple has been to be user design led, to build and test parts of the solution in phases and to be user led in getting the product to market. Key in our design is understanding the target market and creating something that is beautifully simple, and simply beautiful to use.

One of the biggest challenges has been how to improve the overall experience through utilising vast data sets. We have used various Machine Learning techniques to cleanse and match data improving how information is displayed to the user. By developing different algorithms we are able to drive intelligent buying experiences covering:

  • Improved matching of contract opportunities across the public sector (for suppliers)
  • Identification of the best route to market (for buyers)
  • Identification of a range of suppliers that may be suitable (for buyers)

 

To date we have built three core products in the Cimple infrastructure covering a comparison tool (Cimple Compare) a goods marketplace (Cimple Marketplace) and an opportunity finder for suppliers to find opportunities in the Public Sector market (Cimple Finder). 

The impact is increasing use of the platform by Government buyers and Private Sector suppliers.

Today

To date we have built three core products in the Cimple infrastructure covering a comparison tool (Cimple Compare) a goods marketplace (Cimple Marketplace) and an opportunity finder for suppliers to find opportunities in the Public Sector market (Cimple Finder). 

The impact is increasing use of the platform by Government buyers and Private Sector suppliers.