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New procurement strategy to support local business

Lewisham Council has launched an ambitious new procurement strategy which will help support local businesses, grow Lewisham’s economy and tackle the Climate Emergency.

The new strategy will give local businesses priority in bidding for certain Council contracts, boosting investment in the local economy, creating new job opportunities for residents and supporting sustainable economic growth in Lewisham.

Suppliers will also be required to support the Council’s commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency by submitting Carbon Reduction Plans, ensuring that new contracts will help reduce carbon emissions.

A renewed focus on contract management will look to deliver better value for money from our contracts, as well as ensuring better outcomes for residents across a range of services.

A dedicated procurement team will work with departments across the Council to help and advise them, so that all contracts that go out for tender meet the new criteria.

Councillor Amanda de Ryk, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said

“We are committed to supporting Lewisham’s economy and ensuring local businesses have the opportunity to bid for Council contracts. Our new procurement strategy will see more money invested in the borough, supporting economic growth and creating new job opportunities for residents.

“It will also reinforce our commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency and ensuring that our procurement procedures provide high quality services for residents and best value for money.”

The Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2021–2025 was agreed at Cabinet on Wednesday 14 July.

Read The Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2021–2025 (a PDF will open in a new tab).

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