Local businesses gain stronger Council support

Redland City Council is expected to ratify a newly revised purchasing policy this week to provide stronger support for local businesses.

It follows the request in October by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams for a review of the policy by the end of the year to maximise local businesses support.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s new policy will award primary status to local businesses operating from a Redland business address, to give them first preference to supply.

“This is a big win for local businesses. It gives local businesses better opportunities and will support investment in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only will it put money back into our local economy but it helps to provide local jobs, reduce environmental impacts and promote a stronger sense of community.

“All contractors who operate outside of the Redlands will be given secondary status when evaluating tender submissions.

“Value for money will remain a key priority in tender evaluations to continue to improve Council’s efficiency.

“Council already supports the procurement of local business services with more than $40 million each year spent in the Redlands.

“We want to help local business thrive and make them more competitive.

“I also encourage residents to support local businesses, especially during the festive season, to dine, shop and experience all the Redlands has to offer.”

For more information on Councils’ policies visit the corporate website http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Policies/Pages/Policies.aspx or contact Council on 3829 8999.