Manchester City Council is pioneering a scheme designed to reinvest in the local economy, according to a new report published recently by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

The scheme was launched at an event at Manchester Town Hall hosted by CLES.

The report, The Power of Procurement II, reflected on the work carried out in the past decade.

The report stated that the new Corporate Procurement Department has led to over £65million in savings due to increased efficiency. This has led to Manchester now being seen as an example of progressive procurement in the UK.

The proportion of total procurement spend with organisations based in the Greater Manchester area has increased from 51.5% in 2008 to 73.6% last year.

Antz Junction

Jonathan Rose, Managing Director of Tier 1, spoke at the event. Jonathan used his presentation to discuss the work that we do alongside Antz Junction to help give offenders a second chance.

As part of the project, offenders are trained on how to safely and thoroughly deconstruct and dispose of end of life computers.

In fact, the results of our work with Antz Junction have been so impressive that we’ve left a government run scheme in the dust.

Find out more about this project and how recycling your old IT can change lives on our previous blog post here.

Benefit Local People and Businesses

Matthew Jackson, Deputy Chief Exec of CLES had this to say about how progressive procurement was helping change lives in Manchester:

“We are really proud to have worked in partnership with Manchester City Council for the last ten years to instigate such significant change for the benefit of local people and business. The work demonstrates the importance of understanding where procurement spend goes, linking procurement to economic development, and influencing the supply chain to enhance their social value. The work must continue with more progressive procurement being at the heart of devolution and public service reform across Greater Manchester.”

If you would like any further help or advice on how you can get involved or how we can dispose of your company’s end of life IT, then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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