Procurement Profile: Welsh Government

Procurement Profile: Welsh Government

Posted by Amy Lammin Picture of Amy Lammin on 31 August 2022

The Welsh Government is "the devolved government for Wales. Led by the First Minister, it works across devolved areas that include key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment."

To help fulfil its devolved responsibilities, the Welsh Government has spent approximately  £8.85 billion from January 2016 to December 2021.

Using Tussell's market intelligence platform, this profile digs into the Welsh Government's procurement profile, covering its:

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Using Tussell’s database, we can easily see the transactions made between the Welsh Government and suppliers, allowing you to understand who their most valuable relationships are with.

From January 2016 - December 2021, the Welsh Government spent approximately £8.85 billion with suppliers across over 57,759 transactions.

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The above analysis shows that the Welsh Government's spending has increased from £1.3 billion in 2016 to £1.9 billion in 2021, an increase of 46%.

Across the covered period, the Welsh Government's largest suppliers by spend were:



Total Invoice Value

Development Bank of Wales Public Limited Company



Arriva Trans Holdings Limited



Costain Limited



Help to Buy (Wales) Limited

Central Government


Neath Port Talbot College Enterprises Limited




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From 2016-2021, the Welsh Government awarded 231 contracts with a total award value of £7.52 billion. 

Between 2016 and 2021, the annual total value of contracts awarded by the Welsh Government varied considerably but the total volume of contracts consistently increased: by 2021 the total volume was almost 10x the total volume in 2016*. 

Screenshot 2022-08-25 at 11.44.41*Contract award data includes contracts from the "Welsh Government" and its sub-departments (Education & Skills, Economy, Science & Transports, and Local Government & Communities)

The Welsh Government's top contract awards - by total value - across this period were:


Contract Type

Award Date

Award Value


A40 Llanddewi Velfrey to Redstones


May 2021


Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Wales NHS and Social Care Mental Health of the Workforce Support Services


Dec 2021


Heath for Health Professionals Wales

Evaluation of the Recruit, Recover & Raise Standards Programme


Sept 2021


Miller Research (UK) Ltd 

Temporary crew cover for Welsh Fisheries Patrol Vessels


Sept 2021


Seaworthy Consulting Ltd

Evaluation of a Digital Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)


Sept 2021


Resource Futures Limited



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It's key to proactively get ahead of contract renewals in public sector sales rather than be reactive. You need to engage with your target accounts well before a contract expires, to begin staking your case and understanding the authority's needs. 

Tussell's platform identified 12 likely-to-be-renewed contractsworth £19.4 million that are due to expire between the beginning of 2023 and the end of 2025.

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"Likely-to-be-renewed" is defined as 'services' and 'supplies' contracts.

Some of the largest of these upcoming renewals include:


End Date

Award Value


Provision of Digital Inclusion and Health Programme 

Jun 2025


Wales Co-operative Centre

Wales NHS and Social Care Mental Health of the Workforce Support Services

Dec 2024


Health for Health Professionals Wales

Delivery of the Health Professionals Wales Service

Apr 2023


Cardiff University

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Less Advantaged Communities

Feb 2023


Antur Teifi Limited (biggest supplier)

Very High Resolution (VHR) daily satellite imagery All Wales products

Mar 2023


Planets Labs Germany GmbH


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From January 2016 - December 2021, the Welsh Government awarded contracts to 258 different suppliers.*

By total contract award value, the Scottish Government's top suppliers across this period were:



Total Award Value

Largest Listed Contract

Contract Award / Award Value


Construction management services


Wales and Borders Franchise and Metro Contract

June 2018 / £5bn


Engineering Services


Welsh Education Partnership- Strategic Planning Delivery Model

Sept 2020 / £1.5bn

Future Valleys Project CO Limited

Engineering works and Construction works


A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling Abergavenny-Hirwaun- Sections 5 & 6

Oct 2020 / £514mn

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Construction work


Worcestershire County Council Infrastructure Engineering Term Contract

Dec 2018 / £75mn

University of Sheffield

Research Consultancy Services


Concession for Advanced Manufacture Research Constitute, Broughton

Dec 2017 / £42.9mn

The suppliers with whom the Welsh Government awarded contracts most frequently were:



No. of Contract Awards

Total Award Value

Wavehill Limited

Research & Development Services



Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited




Arad Consulting Limited

Research Services



Cardiff University

Education& Training Services







*Supplier totals includes subsidiaries.


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Below is a breakdown of the Welsh Government's IT and Consultancy contract awards from January 2016 - December 2021. This analysis was conducted using CPV codes and keyword searches, meaning the data may include some anomalous results.


IT & Software (CPV: 48000000, 72000000, 42960000)

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From Jan 2016 - Dec 2021, the Welsh Government awarded approximately 30 IT & Software related contract awards, at a total award value of £36.3 million.


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The graph above shows that the value of IT & Software contract awards has increased by 2.5 x from £5.9 million in 2016 to £14.8 million in 2021. Similarly, the volume of contracts also increased by 2.5x from 4 to 10 contracts.

The largest suppliers in this sector during the period - by total contract award value - were:


Marketing, Recruitment, Consultancy (CPV: 79000000)

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From January 2016 - December 2021, the Welsh Government spent approximately £137 million on consultancy-related services, spanning 86 contract awards.

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Like the IT & Software sector, growth in consultancy services has been huge, growing from £1.7 million in 2016 to £29 million in 2021- making the sector 17x bigger than it was!

The largest suppliers in this sector- by total contract award value- were:




The Welsh Government is a pivotal contracting authority in procurement. 

With aggregated data from Tussell's market intelligence platform behind you, you'll be in a strong position to make bid on Welsh Government contracts, and start selling your goods and services to this important contracting authority. 

This information is just the beginning of what you can discover and learn about the Welsh Government, and the wider public sector using the Tussell platform. With Tussell, you can easily and quickly analyse public spend data, contract awards and framework information. 

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