16 March 2018


CBI launches new Public Procurement Survey

New survey to improve businesses’ experiences of working with the public sector.

CBI launches new Public Procurement Survey

The public sector is a major customer for many companies, with over 200,000 firms providing goods and services to public bodies. The size of the market – around £268 billion per year – means public procurement is also a significant lever for driving social and economic prosperity.

Despite this, the CBI is increasingly hearing from members that market conditions in the public sector have deteriorated, and as a result is undertaking a member survey to better understand the experiences of different companies and how they could be improved.

Respond to the survey

With public services under growing pressure and public-private partnerships under intense scrutiny, this survey comes at an incredibly important time for the sector.

In particular, this work will aim to gather evidence on:

  • What the public sector’s main objectives are in its procurement;
  • Whether government initiatives have been taken up across the public sector; 
  • Whether public procurement is driving innovation, as envisaged by the industrial strategy White Paper; 
  • What impact – if any – our impending exit from the European Union has had on government’s relationships with its suppliers;
  • and what business would like to see in terms of public procurement regulations post-Brexit.

Share your views

Insights gathered will form recommendations in a report the CBI will publish later this year. The report will focus on what can be done by both business and government to ensure vital public services and infrastructure benefit from business investment and innovation.

For more information please contact Elizabeth.Crowhurst@cbi.org.uk