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28.10.13

In the balance

Things could be looking up for smaller local businesses – new EU rules increase the chances of bidders with social and environmental value, and Kirklees’ approach to purchasing provides a significant amount of guidance and support for local bidders.

The idea that more local procurement can bring added benefit to the area, as well as providing a good public service, is becoming more and more accepted.

There is still a way to go, and some of the recommendations set out by Social Enterprise UK today could help to truly balance the markets.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

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