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Enfield Council supporting local businesses

Published Monday, 10 August 2015

This week Enfield Council revealed figures which showed that its new ‘Sustainable Procurement Policy’ was starting to make a real impact.

Working on a laptop28% of the council’s spend is now with local companies (over the government target of 25%), and spending with small and medium businesses is 45%.

Enfield Council’s new policies place greater importance on the social, economic and environmental impact when buying services, whilst still achieving value for money, working towards the Enfield 2020 vision to make Enfield a better place to live, work and visit. New policies include promoting the London Living Wage to supply chain, negotiating jobs for local people and long term unemployed and ensuring bills are paid more quickly.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business Development, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “Research has shown that for every £1 spent with a small or medium sized business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, this compares to 40p spent with a larger business.

“Not only is Enfield Council investing locally, we are doing everything we can to support and encourage local business, and small / medium sized enterprises. We do this by making sure we spend locally and that we advertise opportunities widely in the borough which encourages job creation.

“We will also shortly be setting up new ‘Town Teams’ whose role will be as a one-stop-shop for all businesses in the borough, offering free professional advice on everything related to commerce in Enfield.

“These new figures show, clearly, that Enfield is putting its money where its mouth it, boosting local businesses and making our borough a place to invest and build.”

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