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Council’s ‘buy local’ policy strengthened

It will now be even easier for local suppliers to do business with Redland City Council, following Council’s decision to strengthen its ‘buy local’ procurement policy today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the changes strengthened the existing policy and showed Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting local businesses and economic prosperity.

“The existing procurement policy, which came into effect on 1 July 2013, gives primary status to suppliers with a Redland City business address,” she said.

“Today’s adopted changes strengthen this policy, giving a scaled benefit of up to 10% for local businesses and suppliers quoting on Redland City Council jobs.

“As one of the largest organisations in Redland City, Council has substantial buying power and we want that to benefit local businesses.

“Giving ratepayers’ value for money is essential, and if we can do that while supporting a local business and investing in the Redlands’ economy, it is the best outcome for everyone.

“Council spends around $40 million locally each year and we are confident the ‘buy local’ procurement policy will continue to have a positive impact for local businesses.

“Redlands’ businesses have so much to offer and the goal is to have strong local businesses who can also compete for work beyond the Redlands, so I encourage other organisations and individuals to join us in being local and buying local.

“We also welcome feedback from local businesses and will continue to adjust the policy to ensure the appropriate support of local businesses in delivering value for ratepayers.”

The revised procurement policy does not affect existing contracts and applies to future tenders in accordance with section 228 of the Local Government Act.

For more information on Council’s policies visit the website or contact Council on 3829 8999.

Local businesses gain stronger Council support

Redland City Council is expected to ratify a newly revised purchasing policy this week to provide stronger support for local businesses.

It follows the request in October by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams for a review of the policy by the end of the year to maximise local businesses support.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s new policy will award primary status to local businesses operating from a Redland business address, to give them first preference to supply.

“This is a big win for local businesses. It gives local businesses better opportunities and will support investment in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only will it put money back into our local economy but it helps to provide local jobs, reduce environmental impacts and promote a stronger sense of community.

“All contractors who operate outside of the Redlands will be given secondary status when evaluating tender submissions.

“Value for money will remain a key priority in tender evaluations to continue to improve Council’s efficiency.

“Council already supports the procurement of local business services with more than $40 million each year spent in the Redlands.

“We want to help local business thrive and make them more competitive.

“I also encourage residents to support local businesses, especially during the festive season, to dine, shop and experience all the Redlands has to offer.”

For more information on Councils’ policies visit the corporate website http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Policies/Pages/Policies.aspx or contact Council on 3829 8999.

Mayor wants more support for local businesses

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has asked Council to review its purchasing policy to strengthen support for local businesses.

Councillor Williams said she had asked for an immediate review of the policy, with an end of year deadline.

“We need to continually review our local purchasing policy and processes to ensure we give maximum support and opportunity to local suppliers, in the short and long terms,” she said.

“Council already has a local purchasing policy but it is in the best interests of local businesses, and the city, for us to look at doing even more business locally.

“It may be that we can award primary status to local contractors who have met certain requirements and to give them first preference to supply.

“We may need to consider running forums for local businesses, so they know what types of business we do, and how they may fit into the picture.

“Council spends more than $40 million each year in the Redlands and we want to support and encourage local businesses, rather than make it harder for them.

”Local businesses provide many of the goods and services used or delivered by Council and it makes good economic sense for Council to buy locally where appropriate.

“This will support local businesses, and local jobs.”

Cr Williams said Council had also shortened its own payment cycle in another benefit for businesses.

“We will now make payments to contractors and suppliers within 30 days of invoice,” she said.

“Under Council’s current policy some supplier payments can be up to 60 days after the invoice date.

“The change to Council’s payment terms was made this week, with the new terms to be included in all new contracts and panels.

“While Council anticipates a small but not significant impact on its interest earnings from funds available for investment, this initiative will help deliver other efficiencies and improvements through our account process and, most importantly, support the business community.”