Look after your own before you spend elsewhere, pleads councillor

Cllrs Anne McNair and David Ritchie on path between Lennoxtown and Torrance.  17.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllrs Anne McNair and David Ritchie on path between Lennoxtown and Torrance. 17.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

HARD-up firms in East Dunbartonshire should be getting more support from the council, insists a concerned councillor.

SNP councillor David Ritchie claims only 11 per cent of the council’s current suppliers are based in East Dunbartonshire.

The Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor says the local authority needs to take the lead and support more local businesses and the economy.

Councillor Ritchie said: “It’s not a bad start, but the council could do a lot more to build on it.

“We generate our local economy and one of the ways to do that is to support local businesses.

“The council is one of the biggest purchasers of services in East Dunbartonshire and it is incumbent on them to support local services when they can, because these businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy.

“It would really help if the council gave them a bit of support.”

Ian Black, head of finance at the council, said: “It is part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s procurement strategy to involve local suppliers and we are working to increase the number of suppliers and the amount of business we place through them.

“We do this by regularly encouraging and assisting local businesses to register on the Public Contracts Scotland portal, where they will see contract opportunities from the council and other public bodies in Scotland.

“In addition to the use of the portal, the council maintains a database of suppliers for lower value procurements.

“Legislation prevents the council from prioritising local suppliers, but we make every effort to ensure equal access for suppliers to bid for work.”

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