Call for SLC to sup­port busi­ness

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

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.

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