Fourteen Welsh councils have helped support the long term financial future of five Welsh suppliers following the award of a substantial contract to supply councils with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Led by the Welsh Purchasing Consortium (WPC), a partnership of local authorities working together to realise economies of scale through the award of large scale local government procurement contracts, the award of the contract to supply fresh fruit and vegetables represents an expenditure of over £2million annually, and £9million over four years.
A WLGA Spokesperson said:
“Wherever possible local government in Wales will seek to support its local businesses and the Welsh economy, and the fact this open EU contract has been awarded in its entirety to Welsh based fruit & vegetable wholesalers is great news for small businesses in Wales and for our economy in general.
“The contract represents a significant amount of expenditure over the next four years and we hope the award of the contract to Welsh suppliers will go some way in securing much needed jobs and the financial future of these businesses within what we know is a very challenging economic climate.
“We anticipate that the contract award will also have a ‘knock-on’ effect within the wider supply chain of Wales, as some of the key produce supplied will be locally grown in Wales. This is a highly satisfying procurement contract that fits with local government’s aim of supporting the delivery of environmental and economic sustainability in Wales.”
The successful contractors in the process were:
WR Bishop & Co, Tonyrefail
Slice & Dice, Neath Port Talbot
Jones & Davies (Fruit) Ltd, Llandysul
Total Produce, Cardiff
Peter Broughton, Cardiff