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Builders Get New Toolkit to Construct Supply Chains

Contractors, house builders and developers, housing associations and other large procurers could benefit from a new toolkit designed to help them become involved with local small to medium enterprises suppliers.

Launched by the Institute for Sustainability (IoS), the kit is claimed to provide large buyers with practical steps to apply best practice in their organisations, and guidance on how to make it easier for local suppliers to work with them.

The Local Procurement and Supply Chain Toolkit includes guidance on developing a local procurement strategy, enabling large businesses to incorporate the use of local suppliers into formal procurement processes.

It particularly focuses on the opportunities emerging within large renewable energy and low carbon retrofit contracts, supported by schemes such as the Green Deal, ECO, Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive. It also includes case studies highlighting best practice.

In addition, the toolkit can help publicly funded bodies in England and Wales fulfil the requirement to consider how the services they procure, including planning obligations, can improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of local areas. 

 “There are increasing reasons for large buyers to think more locally in terms of supply chain,” explained Ian Short, CEO, IoS. “Local suppliers in many cases are more flexible and innovative, allowing them to be more responsive  and contrary to perception, are often able to compete on price too. In addition, they often have a lower carbon footprint because of reduced travel and local sourcing.” 

 

Pictured: Ian Short, CEO, Institute of Sustainability – “There are increasing reasons for large buyers to think more locally in terms of supply chain…”

Article written by Mike Gannon

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