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CBI responds to the launch of Government procurement pledge

The CBI responded to the launch of the Government’s procurement pledge, announcements on sectoral pipelines, and specific action to support the tunnelling sector.

Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

“We welcome the publication of procurement pipelines outlining future opportunities in a range of industry sectors, as well as a Government pledge setting out procurement reforms, which the CBI has helped to shape.

“The aim of these pipelines is to help identify which UK industries need extra support to plug skill or capacity gaps – starting with today’s plan to develop tunnelling capability. This will ensure that businesses are well-placed to compete for contracts and the Government can maximise its purchasing power to drive economic growth.

“We now urge the Government to turn the procurement pledge into reality as quickly as possible by publishing further pipelines and keeping them accurate and up-to-date. This will help the private sector secure the investment needed to deliver these projects and create new jobs.

“The Government must now work with industry to develop further packages of support for key capabilities such as nuclear, rail, and telecoms.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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