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Launch of an online business directory to encourage Plymouth businesses to buy locally

Plymouth City Council is launching an online directory to encourage businesses to find local suppliers and to help keep money in the city.

The Directory is a free platform that aims to bring together business buyers and suppliers to increase the chances of spending in the city for the benefit of Plymouth, its businesses and residents.

The head of the board, Tudor Evans, said: “As a board, we have massively stepped up our efforts to buy local and want to enable other large organizations and businesses and small businesses to tap into the expertise, talent and skills. skills here as easily as possible. Plymouth.

“Keeping the books in Plymouth and maximizing the benefits of our spending to the city’s economy, community and environment has never been more important.

Cllr Tudor Evans, Labor leader of Plymouth City Council

“We do not yet know the full impact of the pandemic on our economy, but we are doing everything possible to ensure that Plymouth can rebound better when the time is right.”

The aim of the directory is to bring together all the suppliers and companies in one place. It has been described as being an “online yellow pages” to serve the Plymouth area.

It is open to any business that offers goods, services or work to other businesses, from large healthcare providers to horticulturalists, stationery supplies to demolition experts.

Cllr Evans said: “This information is out there – but it’s not always easy to find. We want to bring everything together under one roof. The launch is just the start. We want to encourage more suppliers and businesses. to consult and get involved You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

It was a city-wide team effort to take the repertoire from idea to reality. The advice has worked closely with the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, Building Plymouth and the University of Plymouth.

The directory is a key element of Resurgam, Plymouth’s Covid-19 economic recovery plan and will help businesses at “Spend 4 Plymouth”.

The directory is intended to be:

A sourcing tool allowing buyers to identify suppliers to invite to the procurement activity.

An advertising tool that allows suppliers to advertise their capabilities and capabilities to buyers.

An opportunity for suppliers to forge links to support each other and form potential partnerships.

An opportunity for directory partners to explain how they do business, such as links to sourcing platforms and advertised opportunities.

A market intelligence tool to identify local market gaps for further stimulation.

Stuart Elford, Managing Director of the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said: “The chamber fully welcomes and supports the Plymouth Supplier Directory, which will go a long way in helping businesses and the local economy by keeping spending in our region.

“Encouraging local purchasing is a key strategic priority for the chamber and we are delighted to be working alongside the city council in this innovative initiative, especially in these difficult times for so many businesses. “

Jonathan Keable, Managing Director of Business Success SW Ltd and Managing Director of FSB Plymouth, said: “I am proud to support the Plymouth City Council Spend 4 Plymouth Supplier Directory. This online directory encourages our local businesses to work together and keep spending in Plymouth.

“This initiative complements other innovative Resurgam programs created by our board that benefit our businesses, jobs, residents, economy, society and the environment.”

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Mike Borkowski, Midas Group and President of the Building Plymouth Procurement Group, said: “We have been very impressed with the level of engagement with industry and community groups at Plymouth City Council.

“Together we have brought the city together to focus on local spending, not just what the council spends on services, but also to make sure other customers and businesses in the city understand how valuable it is to support the local economy.

“There is a wealth of Plymouth-based construction expertise and one of the fastest wins is making sure we encourage local businesses and social enterprises to list their contact details in the new online directory – in ensuring that they are easily accessible to other companies and to everyone. public sector customers looking for local suppliers.

“Every pound spent locally has such a big impact on local investments, training and employment opportunities for local people, and money flowing back into local communities. “

Gareth Hart, Director of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network. added: “This directory is very important and I urge companies to use it.

“We want more people, government authorities and businesses large and small to buy from the social enterprises, co-ops and community businesses in Plymouth that will be listed in the directory. This will create good local jobs and help the city’s economy recover from Covid in a greener, fairer and healthier way. “

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