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11th November 2013

Council’s new buying approach to boost local economy

A new initiative is being launched by Northumberland County Council with the aim of increasing council spending in the county to help to boost the local economy.

An estimated £406million is spent annually by Northumberland County Council on hundreds of goods and services. The authority aims to support and develop businesses within the county by spending more of this money locally.

From social care services, building maintenance, security, petrol, food and horticultural products - there are numerous contracts up for regular renewal.

An estimated 34 per cent of council’s budget is spent in Northumberland and the authority is aiming to increase this amount by 10 per cent over the next two years.

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Dave Ledger who is responsible for the authority’s corporate resources portfolio said:

The council does spend a substantial amount in the local economy but there is scope to increase this further.  While we still need to ensure good value for money the council wants to use its spending powers to help support businesses within the county and assist regeneration across Northumberland.
The document Grow Northumberland: Our Commitment to Sustainable Procurement outlines how the council aims to support local businesses, communities and the environment when procuring goods and services.

Environmental and social considerations have also been incorporated into the product and service selection process, and responsible suppliers and contractors will be encouraged. For example, the authority will work with supply partners to encourage training and employment opportunities.  It will also continue to play its part in reducing waste and carbon emissions.

Over the coming weeks and months the authority will be raising awareness of procurement opportunities with local businesses and will be encouraging quality tenders from all sectors of the community.