Angus Council is reviewing how it does business with local suppliers to see how more contracts can be awarded to local companies.
The depute-leader of the council, Councillor Paul Valentine is the chairman of the recently formed procurement sounding board, which has been set up to ensure that the local authority uses its purchasing power to deliver the most benefit for Angus’ communities and its economy.
Councillor Valentine said: “The council is the county’s largest single employer and with a multi-million pound service budget we’ve got significant spending power.
“Like every other public sector body we are bound by very strict procurement rules but, working within these rules we want to ensure that local companies have the opportunity and the skills to compete for what is a broad range of contracts.
“We need to find out what the impact of that work has been to date, to inform what we do next. We need to take account of the advantages of buying local in relation to our carbon footprint and we’re particularly keen to explore the potential for social enterprise in our communities.”
Any local business group wanting more information about this support should contact Mark Allan on 01307 476195) or Roy Johnston on 01307 473358.