The ‘Backing Lancashire’ campaign builds on the Commissioner’s pledge, alongside Lancashire Constabulary, to ensure all procurement and commissioning activity maximises social, economic and environmental benefit whilst also delivering value for money.
In 2017/18 almost £36m was spent by Lancashire Constabulary through procurement within the county, the highest amount ever retained within Lancashire which was largely due to the build of the new West Division Headquarters which involved a large number of local firms and led to apprenticeship roles across the supply chain.
This commitment has also had an impact on all contracts of a range of value, ensuring that the procurement process takes into account elements of social value such as location, whether an organisation pays the real Living Wage and whether the contract will create or sustain jobs and apprenticeships in the county.
Speaking at the official opening of West Division Headquarters in Blackpool, the Commissioner said:
“The fact that we have delivered a fantastic facility here in Blackpool which will play a vital role in keeping people safe across the west of the county, whilst investing back into our businesses and people wherever we can, can only be a good thing.
“Creating safe and confident communities is one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and that’s why I am launching my ‘Backing Lancashire’ campaign, to build on the difference that our commitment to investing within the county and wider North West area has already made since launching my policy dedicated to this two years ago.
“I want to work with other businesses and organisations across the public and private sector who already have a real focus on investing into our county or may be looking to increase the amount of focus they place on driving social value and growth and the launch of this campaign is just the start of this journey.”
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