Research and analysis

Construction industry: supply chain analysis

Looks at the structure of the UK construction supply chain and identifies areas for cost savings. BIS research paper 145.



This research paper provides an overview of the UK construction supply chain. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills commissioned it to inform the Industrial Strategy for Construction.

Based on detailed analysis and interviews with contractors and suppliers, the study identified:

  • areas where cost savings could be made
  • barriers to achieving these savings

The study makes recommendations on how the government and industry could jointly improve the UK construction sector’s performance and competitiveness.

Published 23 October 2013