Scilly’s Council Second In Country For Local Purchasing

town hall flowersThe islands’ Council is number two in the league tables for buying products and services from local businesses.

A national survey, released this week, has revealed staff at our Town Hall spent 25% of the purchasing budget with small firms over the last three years.

According to the report by the think tank, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, we’re second only to Monmouthshire, who use local sources for 26% of their purchases.

The worst authority when it comes to buying from local businesses is Barnsley with just 4% going to small firms within the community.

It seems that the amount of local spending does not depend on the financial size of the council, its location, local earnings, political control or whether it is rural or urban.

The report’s authors suggest that a council’s set of priorities is main factor.