OPINION: Contracts must be open to all

It has been customary in the past for local authorities to purchase the goods and services they need to procure (anything from print-buying for news sheets to the fixtures and fittings of street maintenance) from a handful of 'preferred' contractors, generally large and established firms. The thinking is such firms can provide the best rates, and so a rather cosy relationship has developed between them and the councils.

by Sukhvinder Stubbs, chair of Young Enterprise (West Midlands), sukhvinder.stubbs@haynet.com

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