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Localised procurement 'good for public sector'
The Scottish public sector increased its procurement efficiency and cut costs by focusing on local produce, according to a new report.
Almost half of the food and drink served up by Scotland’s public sector organisations is now Scottish, with local suppliers accounting for 77 per cent of supplier base and just over 50 per cent of expenditure volume.
Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead welcomed the news and suggested that this could improve quality as well as reducing outgoings.
"Food and drink is one of Scotland’s greatest success stories and is a sector which is continuing to grow, even in the current challenging economic climate," he added.
Around £20 million of expenditure has been released into the Scottish economy by localising food and drink procurement procedures, he added.
The Confederation of British Industry recently praised the government's efforts to reform public sector procurement by opening it up to more private firms.
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