Call for SLC to support business
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) wants South Lanarkshire Council to spend more of its procurement budget on small, local businesses.
The campaign this week launched their manifesto ahead of the local elections.
According to FSB there are 8585 small businesses in South Lanarkshire which contribute £2.9 billion to the local economy.
However, only 12 per cent of its procurement budget is used with these firms. Tony Higgins, chair of FSB Lanarkshire, wants the council to increase spending with small firms by two per cent each year.
He added: “Council budget is under significant pressure. That’s why it is important that they squeeze every drop of value out of their spending power by targeting it on their local economy.
“At the moment, the South Lanarkshire Council spends only 12 per cent of its procurement budget with local small firms, which we think could be a lot better. It’s a long-term trend too, with the council’s figures lagging behind the Scottish average by eight or nine per cent in the last five years.