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10 August 2014 | Paul Snell
Public sector organisations across Surrey have united to launch a shared online portal to advertise contracts.
Surrey County Council, Surrey Police, the University of Surrey and the county’s 11 borough and district authorities will post deals on the SupplytoSurrey website, which will launch in the autumn.
The goal is to increase the proportion of contracts awarded to local firms to meet the council's pledge that 60 per cent of spending go to the local community.
Denise Le Gal, cabinet member for business services at Surrey County Council, said: “Local businesses are the bedrock of every community and launching SupplytoSurrey is about helping them and our economy thrive.
“With the new site offering hundreds of millions of pounds worth of contracts annually from a range of public services in Surrey, I’m sure it will go from strength to strength.”
The council previously established BuildSurrey, a website to encourage suppliers in the construction sector to bid for work, which has now awarded £10 million of deals.
In May 2013, the authority was named as one of the 10 best councils to do business with, in recognition of its efforts to support SMEs through procurement.