A supplier database for the public sector saw the number of registered users grow by 13 per cent to 16,700 last year.
As public sector construction demand continues to strengthen, the Government-endorsed register of pre-qualified suppliers, Constructionline, has reported a surge in contractors signing up.
The number of new clients adopting the service – which includes NHS, local authorities, police forces, universities and the private sector – increased 25 per cent in the same period, taking the total to 1,900.
Constructionline sales and marketing director Philip Prince said: “Many contractors have been switching their focus to the public sector as demand from private commercial and industrial sectors has softened.
“Our penetration in the public sector has always been high, which continues to attract a growing number of suppliers.”