Over 60% of all the money spent by SCC is on contracts for goods and services.  This is because the council have both outsourced many of our services, which are now being delivered by third parties, or because we have spun off activities such as the libraries and property activities into independent, wholly-owned, bodies.

Last week, a joint seminar was held with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to see how we can work together to use the procurement process not just to drive down costs, but also to ensure that some of the £470m spend stays in Suffolk and supports not just the largest contractors but also smaller companies.

Under EU procurement rules this is challenging, but recent changes make it easier to work towards fulfilling these aims.