The government has unveiled details of future projects and contracts in a bid to help business plan ahead, including a multi-billion pound professional services workstream.
With four new industry sectors added to the procurement pipelines, the value of available opportunities up to 2014/2015 now stands at £84bn.
Government began publishing future public sector contracts in November 2011, citing a lack of certainty surrounding the previous government’s procurement plans.
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude said the government was “determined to make it easier for firms of all sizes to compete for and win government business so we can leverage our spending on suppliers to help the economy grow.”
“By providing industry with pipelines showing future opportunities, businesses will have the confidence and time to invest in relevant skills, labour and capabilities to win these contracts.
“These new pipelines will allow UK-based suppliers to plan ahead and win Government contracts – whether they are large-scale country-wide building projects or a contract to provide local authorities with sustainable office supplies.”
The Department for Business, innovation and Skills today also publishes an assessment looking at how future capability requirements can be met through developing skills in BIM.
Business minister Michael Fallon said: “A key part of our industrial strategy is nurturing partnerships with industry where a long term approach can pay off – procurement is a prime example of this. By being a better customer, Government can help industry see where there will be demand in the future and give them the confidence to invest and grow their business.”
The construction pipeline from 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 currently stands at over £29bn.
Information on contracts is available at the government’s Contracts Finder website.
Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock said: “An effective infrastructure pipeline can provide much improved visibility of future workflow and provide the basis for industry, clients and the supply chain to identify market wide requirements for skills, technology and innovation. This more strategic approach will help us grow the UK’s already world class engineering capabilities, deliver our infrastructure needs more effectively and drive long term growth and job creation.
“We are delighted to be working with Government and our colleagues in the Infrastructure Alliance to build on our earlier work with the tunnelling pipeline by extending this approach to the highways sector. Over recent years government has shown a welcome willingness to take a more co-ordinated, strategic role in developing our infrastructure networks and we’re committed to helping to ensure that the industry responds in kind.”