Boosting procurement from local businesses

August 2005
Caroline Ashley, Clive Poultney, Gareth Haysom, Douglas McNab and Adrienne Harris

This brief focuses on procurement from businesses that are local, small and black, not just on black empowered enterprises, because the overall purpose is to stimulate economic development in the locality. It focuses mainly on procurement by the accommodation sector, as this is where there is most potential for procurement from smaller, local and disadvantaged entrepreneurs, e.g. for supplies of food, soft furnishings, guest amenities, security, laundry and gardening services. But the potential for wholesalers and retailers further up the chain to seek out local suppliers of, for example, transport, office supplies or office services should not be ignored. The principles outlined here apply in many situations.

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