'Buy local’ focus boosting business
  • Thursday 18 May 2017
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Local suppliers have earned more work than ever with Sunshine Coast Council  during the current financial year through council’s “local preference” guideline.

Council has spent more than $180 million with local suppliers so far during the 2016/17 financial year which represents approximately 72% of council’s total procurement spend and a significant increase on local spend as at the same time last financial year. 

Corporate Strategy and Finance Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer said the 2017/18 Procurement Policy was endorsed by council today and included some minor changes to ensure continued support for a competitive local business and industry network.

“Council introduced a Local Preference in Procurement Guideline in April last year to ensure local business and industry are the primary suppliers of goods and services to council,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Key strategies were introduced to help businesses in our region win more work with council and these have been supported by initiatives and workshops to help provide local businesses with the tools they need to compete for council contracts, tenders and procurement activities.

“That figure of $180 million shows council’s decision to choose to buy local goods and services to ensure we circulate money within our local economy is working and has been well received.

“Along with helping local businesses, there are many other benefits to buying locally for council like saving time, money and transport.

“Sunshine Coast ratepayers and the community as a whole are the ultimate winners from council’s ‘local preference’ because as our economy grows, so too do employment opportunities and that flows on to greater spending power.”

The Local Preference in Procurement Guideline has also been amended to better define when a supplier is considered local or will be deemed as local.

A Probity in Procurement Guideline has been introduced to outline steps council will take to create and maintain an effective probity environment and governance framework for the conduct of procurement and contracting.

Council holds free information sessions to inform local businesses about available contracts and to help businesses better understand council’s procurement requirements, processes and be more successful when submitting tenders and quotations with council.

ENZED Sunshine Coast Owner Andrew Fraser said attending a recent suppliers forum relating to work opportunities at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm had been a highly valuable experience.

“We’re a provider of anything to do with construction or maintenance services so if there’s any major projects going on we’d like to know who is in charge of it, who is running it and who might be working on it because they’re our potential customers. So to come to an event like this gives us that kind of information,” Mr Fraser said.

“It can be quite difficult to dive in and find out who you actually need to speak to so this forum puts you in touch with all the right people.”

For more information about upcoming workshops and to register, click here or visit the “Business Events and Workshops” page on council’s website. 

 

Additional information:

 

Key strategies of council’s “local preference” guideline introduced in April 2016 include:

  • Contracts under $15,000 - local suppliers only invited to quote;
  • Contracts between $15,000 and $100,000 – at least two of the three required quotes invited from local suppliers;
  • Contracts between $100,000 and $200,000 – at least one of the three required quotes invited from local suppliers;
  • 15% evaluation weighting for “contribution made to the local economy” criteria in all tenders and in any quoting process where local compete with non-local suppliers.