Struggling building firms in Northern Ireland will find the process of bidding for government construction contracts simpler, it has been announced.
Stormont Finance Minister Sammy Wilson unveiled 25 measures to improve public sector procurement in a Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland (CIFNI) Procurement Task Group Report.
Mr Wilson said the report, prepared in partnership with construction industry representatives, had a particular focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises and would bring a number of tangible benefits.
He added: "This year, for example, the Executive plans to deliver £1.7bn of gross capital investment alone.
"I am particularly pleased that these recommendations have been agreed through partnership between government and the industry, and I can also announce that work in implementing the report's 25 actions has already commenced – the outcome of which will benefit both the industry and government."
The DUP MP also said the measures came at a time of record governmental infrastructure investment.