In the first three months of 2018, more than 8,500 firms won government contracts. Between them, these suppliers picked up contracts worth at least £12B. Tussell's latest research based on our comprehensive database of UK government contracts breaks down the public sector marketplace.
Healthcare tops sector ranking in Q1
As the government promises to boost NHS spending in coming years, firms are already benefiting from thousands of contracts in the Healthcare sector. Nearly a quarter of all contracts awarded in Q1 related to healthcare.
Two thirds of government suppliers are smaller businesses
Nearly two thirds of suppliers in Q1 2018 were SMEs, demonstrating that government contracts support a significant number of smaller businesses.
Local government the biggest customer in almost every sector
Local government should be a key target for firms looking to win contracts - it awards more contracts than any other level of government. In Q1, 5x as many Construction contracts were issued by local government than central government buyers.