Government Purchasing Projects 2015 – 2020 and Beyond

Government Purchasing Projects 2015 – 2020 and Beyond

The government has unveiled £191 billion of business opportunities to 2020 and beyond.

£191 billion business ‘pipelines’ published

From: Cabinet Office

First published:22 December 2014

Part of: Buying and managing government goods and services more efficiently and effectively and Government efficiency, transparency and accountability


The government has unveiled £191 billion of business opportunities to 2020 and beyond.

Potential opportunities worth around £191 billion to businesses are published today by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude. The spending picture released today will help businesses across the country plan for and win opportunities on future government projects.

19 UK ‘pipelines’ reveal what government is planning to buy and construct. They show investment in areas from police and fire equipment, to science, technology, and research. Highlights show the government will invest in:

  • the development of 2 Proton Beam Therapy centres at University College Hospital London and Christie in Greater Manchester. Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy which results in much less damage to surrounding tissue compared to conventional radiotherapy
  • Priority School Building Programme – £2 billion is to be invested in schools in need of repair
  • Clinical and Medical Life Sciences – spending has increased by £4 billion since December 2013 to £13 billion on important tools such as MRI scanners and electrocardiographs (ECGs).

Pipelines provide greater transparency about future public sector business, and help suppliers to plan and win more business. They also enable government to secure deals that offer better value for the taxpayer by negotiating early with suppliers.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:

As part of this government’s long term economic plan we are publishing pipelines of future spending to help businesses across the country plan for and win contracts with government. We are providing businesses with exactly what they are asking for – up-to-date information in one central place about future government opportunities. This is helping British businesses to grow and innovate, and providing maximum value for taxpayers.

Notes to editors

  1. The present pipeline shows a £800 million increase on the July 2014 pipelines total. The values quoted in pipelines are nominal with the exception of the rolling stock element of High Speed 2 spend, which has been indexed at 2011 to 2012 prices.
  2. View specific details on the £127 billion of opportunities contained in the Government Construction Pipeline The data is available in spreadsheet format on the GOV.UK government construction pipelines page. Details on non-construction sectoral pipelines can be found on Contracts Finder.
  3. Reforms to public sector construction aim to deliver projects 15-20% more cheaply by 2015.

The 19 pipelines are:

  • advertising and media
  • aid/international development
  • clinical and medical life sciences
  • construction, energy and utilities
  • financial services
  • fire services
  • ICT
  • office solutions
  • police services and equipment
  • print and print management
  • probation and offender services
  • professional services
  • property and facilities management (FM)
  • science
  • technology and research
  • travel
  • vehicles
  • waste management
  • Welfare to Work