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Home >> Blog >> Winners of 'Best Councils to do business with' awarded

Date Published: May 19, 2013 by Stephen Frost


Councils honoured for procurement innovation


Ten Councils were honoured by Local Govenment Minister Brandon Lewis and the Prime Ministers' Enterprise Advisor Lord Young at a ceremony on the 15 May 2013. The ten winners were recognised for their innovative procurement practices for small businesses by a panel which included local and central government representatives and industry experts.


The winners of the best council to do business with are:-

Winners of 'Best Councils to do business with' awarded

  • Barnsley Metropolitan Council

  • Bury Council

  • City of London Corporation

  • Halton Borough Council

  • Harrow Council

  • Hertfordshire County Council

  • Manchester City Council

  • Norfolk County Council

  • Sheffield City Council

  • Surrey County Council and East Sussex County Council Joint Bid

Councils are responsible for procuring £58 billion of goods and services and the government is determined to ensure local authorities explore smart ways of finding savings and supply the local economy through better procurement processes, so they can help small businesses get off the ground.


Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis announced at the ceremony that he was delighted to announce the council winners who had "done their utmost to support small and medium sized businesses in their procurement so they can come forward with more confidence in bidding for local government business" and it was time "for all councils to act and make sure they cut back on unnecessary red tape which push costs and make it harder for small firms to get on."


The winning councils were selected by a panel comprising the Federation of Small Business, Confederation of British Industry, Brtish Chambers of Commerce, Local Government Association, Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Stephen Frost is the owner of Provensa Consulting Ltd, a company whose core business is to provide bid and tender writing solutions to public, private, voluntary and third sector organisations. He holds a BSc(hons) and MA and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) and Institute of Economic Development (MIED).      

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