Authority aims to ‘keep it local’ with contracts

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MORE Northumberland County Council contracts will be awarded to local businesses, senior members have pledged.

The county’s administration says that the authority currently spends more than £400million a year, with £135million of that spent locally, supporting an estimated 2,000 private sector jobs.

Now councillors want to increase the local spending by around £13.5million

Council Leader Grant Davey said: “We’ve estimated that the county economy benefits to the tune of £135million from council contracts, but we promised in the last election that we’d seek to increase that figure.

“We think we can make more contracts available and we’re aiming to open up another £13.5million for local companies.

“We’ve estimated this will mean at least 300 new or secured jobs within the supply chain and that will mean that we estimate council contracts have an impact on over 2,500 private sector jobs across Northumberland.”

An event will be held at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn, next week for businesses interested in securing council contracts.

People can hear how to position themselves for contracts, listen to key speakers involved in procurement, and network.

The morning session is for suppliers who provide specialist professional services, such as consultancy, while the afternoon is for businesses involved in building, stores and construction-related materials and other facilities-related products.

The event takes place on Wednesday. For more information or to book a place at the morning session visit http://grownorthumberland-eac2.eventbrite.com/

For the afternoon visit www.eventbrite.com/event/8833724909/eorg