Buy locally and socially

What is Social Procurement?

Social Procurement means choosing to buy goods and services that contribute to our local community, as well as meeting business needs – getting social value for money.

Buying LOCAL – supporting local businesses and suppliers, to create prosperity and jobs.

Buying SOCIAL – working with Social Enterprises or local businesses and organisations who help support vulnerable communities.

Local procurement and social procurement are closely related. Local procurement is about buying locally to support local businesses and suppliers. One dollar spent locally is multiplied up to three or four times as it circulates around the local economy creating economic prosperity, jobs and other benefits.

However, research shows that economic growth does not automatically ‘trickle down’ equitably. Social procurement is a way to take local procurement one step further, so that as well as supporting local businesses, we can target members of our community who might otherwise miss out on employment opportunities.

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