Support pledge for local firms
ARGYLL and Bute Council awarded one-third of its contracts to local companies last year and is promising to do ‘better’ with a new procurement strategy to ‘put people in Argyll and Bute first’.
The document will guide the way the council buys goods and services over the next two financial years.
Councillor Dick Walsh, policy lead for customer services, said: ‘The new strategy puts people in Argyll and Bute first – they are at the heart of what we do.
‘This is a time of unprecedented challenge for local government finances. Effective procurement will become even more important, making sure we can get the very best value.
‘Our procurement team has saved and continues to save the council money wherever possible, money that can then be used for frontline services. Our main focus is on boosting the local economy.
He added there are now more than 100 businesses on its supplier development programme, which offers a range of free tender training workshops to help those interested in bidding for any kind of public contract.
A contracts register has also been developed and is available on Buyer Profile on Public Contracts Scotland. This shows the current contracts and is another way of helping businesses prepare to make bids for council contracts that are coming to an end.