Local benefit?

1 March 2010
Buyers are often told to use their purchasing power to benefit the local community. It’s a message Highland Council has heard loud and clear, and taken action on. Labour MSP David Stewart recently asked the council to provide as much work as possible for local business Highland Blindcraft. The firm employs visually impaired workers and has been hit hard by the recession. A response from the council’s chief executive said it was “committed to the pursuit of community benefits through procurement activities”, and had advised the company of its current opportunities. This is all very commendable, but as Highland Blindcraft’s primary business is the manufacture of deluxe beds there probably aren’t too many council opportunities available. The authority has recommended the firm diversify into areas that give it more opportunities to bid for council deals.
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