We’re going to keep our pounds in Plymouth where possible and maximise the wider benefits of our spending to the city’s economy, society and environment.


increase in Council spending with local suppliers over the next two years

A new Plymouth Supplier Directory

Maximising social value to benefit the city’s economy, society and environment

What are we going to do? 

  • We're going to spend more locally where possible and use our spending power to support and grow the local economy by committing to increase our spending with local suppliers by 10% over the next two years.  

  • We're going to maximise social value when making decisions on how we spend our money, to benefit society and environment as well as our local Plymouth economy.                                             

  • We're going to join forces with other major Plymouth organisations to create a collective approach to local procurement. 

  • We'll launch an open-source online platform where local suppliers can advertise their capacity and capabilities, creating a local purchasing directory that city companies can use. 

What have we done so far?

  • Increased local spending: 60 per cent of Council spending in the first six months of the financial year has gone to local suppliers. This equates to 12 per cent above target and approximately £21 million more being spent locally than last year, with more than 1,200 unique suppliers – representing 56 per cent of the Council’s total unique supplier base.

  • Engaged the local business community: Hosted engagement sessions with key local stakeholders and businesses including the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, University of Plymouth, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, and Babcock, to help spread the initiative beyond the Council.


  • Giving construction sector visibility of capital projects pipeline: Monthly engagement with Building Plymouth's Procurement Pipeline Partnership group whose members have committed to sharing their capital pipelines and running meet the buyer events to give the industry support and visibility of upcoming construction projects. A copy of the Council’s capital pipeline was published for the first time in September 2020 and will be refreshed quarterly. The Council and Babcock have both run meet the buyer events with other members to follow in the coming year.


  • Reviewed policies and procedures: Council policies are being reviewed and rewritten to ensure they are local supplier friendly and maximise social value. This includes the Council’s ‘procurement bible’ (Contract Standing Orders), which has been standardised, simplified and procedures made more flexible for both staff and suppliers, the Council’s Social Value Policy has been embedded in standard procurement processes and a guide to help Officer’s ‘Buy Local’ has been released.


  • Promoting the social value policy for the city: The Council has already obtained economic, community and environmental benefits from suppliers that are valued at £400,000.


  • Developing the Plymouth Supplier Directory: The Plymouth Supplier Directory which aims to bring local business buyers and suppliers together to increase the opportunity for spend to be kept locally for the benefit of Plymouth and its residents was launched on 25 February 2021, and can be accessed here.