Community benefit contracts

Companies supplying Scottish Borders Council with goods and services who show they can benefit the local economy will have that advantage factored in when bidding for contracts.

A one year pilot scheme, which started on April 1, has been approved by SBC that will see clauses built into contracts requiring ‘added value to communities’.

With the catchy title of ‘Adding Value to Communities through Procurement Policy’ the pilot scheme will see the council look at wider local economic and social issues when considering construction work, service or supply contracts. It’s targeted at recruitment and training, supply chain, education and environmental opportunities.

Speaking at a meeting of the full council, Councillor Stuart Bell, portfolio holder for economic development said: “It isn’t meant to be a burden on business. We get the chance to see the outcome of the pilot so we can see if it’s of benefit to business. It’s a way of encouraging apprenticeships.”