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22 May 2014 | Will Green
A toolkit has been produced to share best procurement practice and encourage the use of local supply chains in the green energy sector.
The Institute for Sustainability’s Local Procurement and Supply Chain Toolkit contains practical steps for both public and private sector buyers to “apply best practice in their organisations and guidance on how to make it easier for local suppliers to work with them”.
The toolkit also includes advice for SMEs covering the investment plans and procurement methods adopted by large organisations and how to identify the most appropriate target customers.
Ian Short, chief executive at the institute, said: “There are increasing reasons for large buyers to think more locally, and smaller businesses who previously felt they wouldn't be considered or wouldn't have the right offer should think again.
“Local and smaller suppliers in many cases are more flexible and innovative, allowing them to be more responsive - and contrary to perception are often able to compete on price too. In addition, they often have a lower carbon footprint because of reduced travel and local sourcing solutions.
“They are also an extremely good fit for opportunities in the growing renewables and low carbon retrofit market, even for large buyers. The nature of the work means local, trusted businesses can be an important factor in successful delivery.”