Local community relationships

Your institution will be a significant employer and source of business within its local community. It is important that it acts to support local business, however this must be managed in such a way as not to distort competition, for example, stipulating that a local presence is necessary to a contract when in reality it is not.

There are a number of steps that can be taken to help support and develop local community suppliers:

Also see guidance on The Social Value Act 2012 which includes some examples of how procurement can be designed to improve the social, economic and/or environmental well-being of your local area.