The Government has named Surrey one of the country’s top 10 councils to do business with as the authority revealed firms have won deals worth more than £400,000 from a new initiative.
On the day leader David Hodge collected Surrey’s award at 10 Downing Street, the council announced 18 local firms had secured contracts totalling £401,000 through the BuildSurrey website in the first two months since launching.
Surrey created the site to help companies land building and repair work from the council, its main contractors and others in the public sector as part of a pledge to ensure 60% of the authority’s spending on goods and services is with local businesses.
The award was won jointly with East Sussex as the two county councils have been working together on giving firms more opportunities to clinch public sector deals.
Just eight other councils in England were recognised by Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser Lord Young in the ‘best councils to do business with’ competition.
Mr Hodge said: “It is fantastic to be named by the government as one of the top 10 councils in the country for firms to do business with.
“Local businesses are the lifeblood of every community, creating jobs and stimulating growth. If they thrive, we all thrive and that is why we have set a goal of making sure 60% of our spending is with Surrey businesses.
“The BuildSurrey website has been an innovative way of helping to achieve this and it has already proved its worth in helping local firms thrive by putting £400,000 into their bank accounts in the first two months since its launch.”
The website can be found at www.buildsurrey.net.