Sup­port pledge for lo­cal firms

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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