Data Collection and Workflow Solution

NQC combine award winning web based technology with expertise in questionnaire design to offer a unique and innovative approach to data collection and analysis requirements. Our proven approach is designed to provide a low touch way to engage with users and collect and analyse complex data sets.


  • Collects information directly from suppliers through intelligent questionnaires
  • Automated risk analysis from a range of perspectives
  • Configurable sophisticated workflow with multiple user roles
  • Advanced query tool to analyse and compare supplier data
  • Scorecards identify and visualise areas of risk
  • Multi-tier risk aggregation, analysis and reporting


  • Highlights risk in a range of contexts
  • Consolidates data for quick and easy report generation
  • Enables structured risk analysis and reporting with limited resources
  • Provides a mechanism to engage third-parties and collect data
  • Consolidates multiple data sources to consider true aggregated risk


£50 per unit

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G-Cloud 11

Service ID

8 4 1 4 2 8 0 6 7 3 6 7 4 8 7




0161 393 4191


Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
System requirements
Web Browser

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
We provide a Support Centre for 1st line support with additional technical resources for 2nd and 3rd line as required. Standard support times are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Support response times are within 5 working days.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Web chat
Web chat support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Web chat accessibility testing
Testing delivered in line with 18F Accessibility Guide.
Onsite support
Support levels
We provide a Support Centre for 1st line support with additional technical resources for 2nd and 3rd line as required. Standard UK hours of service are offered with English speaking staff and this cost is incorporated into our SaaS licence fees. Additional hours and languages can be included as required at an additional cost. Users can have access to a Service Delivery Executive and an Account Manager as required.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Users are allocated a Service Delivery Executive who takes them through a detailed on-boarding process. This involves user set up and online training via webex alongside access to user guides and standard template documents.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
This is undertaken by our technical staff and shared securely with the user in an agreed format.
End-of-contract process
Users will have the ability to extract relevant data from the system either via CSV or PDF. NQC are able to provide a bulk download of data at an additional cost. Licences are removed from the Service for the Users and any personal data is also removed.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
None - formatting designed to redraw when in mobile mode to make it easier to view, but content remains the same.
Service interface
Description of service interface
Web Browser
Accessibility standards
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Accessibility testing
Testing delivered in line with 18F Accessibility Guide.
What users can and can't do using the API
Full documentation is available for the various APIs offered via the Service. The APIs enable users to query and extract a range of data sets from summary data to full responses. A range of standard calls have been created that provide users with the flexibility to extract the information they require.
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
Users are able to customise their dashboards to view relevant data to their roles/requirements. This customisation is configurable by the user within their online account. Additional more complex customisation can be undertaken by NQC on behalf of users, for example, bespoke landing pages and content can be created as required.


Independence of resources
Load balancing and compartmentalisation of virtual machines ensures users are able to receive a reliable and consistent service.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
Standard metrics relate to Service consumption and will differ depending on the chosen service options. The metrics will typically include user logins, supplier completions, suppliers contacted etc. When supplier risk scores are available, further risk analysis is also provided as required via the Service Delivery Executive.
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Scale, obfuscating techniques, or data storage sharding
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach
A third-party destruction service

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Users can export their data in bulk via CSV or in individual PDF report format as required.
Data export formats
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Our Service has an uptime target of 99.99% during peak hours – set between 8am and 10pm GMT. Outside of peak hours the application has an uptime target of 99.9%. Uptime covers all features of the NQC system being accessible as designed to the end-user. A Service credit regime is available but will be discussed and agreed on a client by client basis.
Approach to resilience
Available on Request
Outage reporting
Outages are flagged via a public dashboard and via email notification to users.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Both management interfaces and support channels are controlled via public key exchange and IP locking.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
Alcumus Isoqar
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
Not applicable - the design, application and management of all our software solutions is included in the Scope/Statement of Applicability.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
PCI DSS accreditation date
Self assessment
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
We fall under the self assessment category due to the third party providers we integrate with and the limited information we hold.
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials Plus

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
The organisation is ISO27001 certified and have an infosec policy which has been approved by the Board and is reviewed on a regular basis. Staff are training on infosec as part of their induction and then at regular intervals thereafter. Non-adherence to the policy is a disciplinary offence and is strictly enforced.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
All changes to any information service, system or resource used by or on behalf of NQC are required to be authorised through the Change Management process. Changes are controlled by a CAB (Change Advisory Board) so all aspects of a change can be discussed and analysed to assess its impact on each area of NQC information systems. Impact or risk assessment take into account information security, availability, capacity and performance of existing production systems.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
Identified vulnerabilities for organisational assets are prioritised by HIGH, MEDIUM and LOW and the organisation has established the following timeline requirements for reacting to notifications of relevant vulnerabilities: HIGH = 2 hours, MEDIUM = 1 Week and LOW = 1 Month. All vulnerabilities that fall into the identify classifications will first be assessed for seriousness and required controls such as patching; turning off/removing services affected by the vulnerability; adapting or adding access controls; increased monitoring; awareness raising will be considered. The required controls will be actioned through the change management procedure. All high vulnerabilities are assessed by the CAB.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Any events or weaknesses detected through the monitoring of access logs, the use of alert services and the review of third party management information by the relevant asset/relationship owner fall within the scope of the protective monitoring procedure. The Information Security Manager identifies a course of action and timescale to correct any potential issue, dependent upon the effect the issue is likely to have and to what degree, for example isolation/suspension of the relevant facilities/service is implemented, as deemed necessary. The actions will rectify and prevent recurrence of the issue.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
Management responsibilities and procedures have been established to ensure a quick, effective and orderly response to information security incidents that ensures appropriate corrective or preventative actions, restores normal operations as quickly as possible, and ensures that improvement opportunities are identified and acted upon. Employees or third party who becomes aware of an issue which does not meet the organisation’s defined approach and standards, or which has the potential for such an adverse effect, raises this immediately to the Information Security Manager either verbally or via email.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks


£50 per unit
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available

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