Doncaster Mayor’s commitment to buy local

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New rules making it easier for local firms to win business with Doncaster Council have been announced by Mayor Ros Jones.

Amendments to the council’s contract procedure rules were passed by members at a meeting of Full Council today (Thursday 6 March 2014). These mean that when officers are awarding contracts for goods and services up to the value of £172,514 a local business must be invited to submit a quotation (separate European legislation applies to contracts above the £172,514 threshold). It also means that local businesses will be more aware of how to prepare themselves to get the opportunity to bid for council contracts.

Ros Jones said: “Buying locally and supporting the businesses that are on our doorstep is already a priority for me and these changes give local firms a better chance of winning contracts.

“I am committed to creating jobs and growth in Doncaster. There are potentially millions of pounds worth of council business to be won and I want to stimulate the local economy.

“Of course getting value for money for the Doncaster taxpayer is still the overriding factor in awarding contracts. The challenge now for local firms is to submit high quality, competitive bids and take advantage of working with one of the largest organisations in the borough.”