Cabinet Office reveals details of a £7.3bn pipeline of work for professional services as part of its drive to publish future projects and contracts
The government has revealed details of a £7.3bn pipeline of work for professional services as part of its drive to publish future projects and contracts.
The government began publishing future public sector contract opportunities in November 2011, in a bid to enable firms to plan ahead and bid for work, including a £30.3bn pipeline of construction opportunities.
Today the Cabinet Office added four new sectors to its pipeline, including £7.3bn worth of professional services opportunities.
The other new sectors include financial services, waste management, and fire services.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the addition of the four new industry sectors meant up to £84bn worth of opportunities had now been detailed across 18 sectors in total.
Maude said: “We are 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.
“We have now published pipelines for up to £84bn of future government business, but there is still more to do. Future procurement plans need to be more comprehensive and cover more sectors because I want to encourage all businesses, including SMEs to look at these opportunities and plan for the future.”
In September the government announced that Barbour ABI, part of UBM Built Environment, publishers of Building magazine, had won the contract to collect, collate and publish the government’s construction and infrastructure pipeline.
The government also published an assessment, produced by the by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how to develop skills and boost apprenticeships and training for Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology.