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Council reaffirm commitment to business

Business / Thu 10th Dec 2015 at 02:40pm

FedESSEX County Council has today teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to reaffirm its commitment to supporting small businesses across the county.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Cllr Derrick Louis, today signed the FSB’s Small Business Friendly Procurement Charter. He was joined at the signing by the FSB’s David Bell, Essex Regional Chairman.

The charter is designed to promote positive procurement opportunities between local authorities and small businesses. It makes a number of recommendations for councils to follow to ensure small businesses are able to bid to provide services for the local authority.

The Council has a history of supporting local businesses, spending £389m with local companies of all sizes in 2014/15.

Cllr Louis said: “We are committed to and have a proud history of supporting businesses of all sizes across the county. I am delighted the Council has signed up to the FSB’s charter as it underlines our determination to our on-going support for small businesses.”

“While we already undertake many of the principles at the core of the charter, it sends a loud and clear message that our vision is to support employment and entrepreneurship across our economy,” added David Bell, of the FSB.

Among the recommendations for councils the charter sets out are:

Breaking down contracts into smaller pieces where practical
Pledge to pay suppliers on time to agreed terms and actively seek to reduce payment times
Ensure regular training opportunities is available for small businesses in the area
Advertise procurement opportunities nationally, regionally and across the local area whenever appropriate
Have an economic development strategy that take account of the needs of the local existing local economy
Within legal boundaries, adopt a procurement strategy that explicitly recognises the significant benefits of procuring from local businesses.

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