THURROCK’S Community Procurement Strategy will provide a boost to local businesses, voluntary groups and charities, according to Thurrock Conservatives
The strategy, discussed at last week’s Cabinet meeting, aims to see an increase in the amount of money spent purchasing goods and services from local small businesses, voluntary and community groups. This could range from local firms involved in supplying professional services, to community groups becoming more involved in areas such as care for the elderly.
Leader of the Conservatives Cllr Phil Anderson said, “Once finally adopted, these proposals will be a welcome change for Thurrock. Lots of people know of local businesses and community groups that do great work, and it will be fantastic for them to at last get a fair chance to bid for council contracts.
“The key challenge for the council now is to convert good intentions into action. I have challenged the council to adopt community group and local business involvement into its official procurement goals and financial targets, so that a year from now we can prove the progress which has been made.”