Hi, I run a business of 6 staff in Croydon but I am actually afraid to say who I am here for fear of being penalised. However, I went to an event last night about the Council buying from local businesses. I have been to a few of these now over the years and have not seen any material difference in procurement. I cannot understand why we are always directed towards the tender portal when Croydon Council is v rarely featured there anyway. Croydon Council ARE working with local businesses but the same ones, and not in a fair and open way giving everyone the chance to bid. I actually spoke to someone from procurement too who could not tell me the thresholds or the process in plain English.
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