Recent figures showing that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the third highest local
authority which procures produce from local, small and medium enterprises were welcomed
by local Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron.
The figures, which were revealed by the Federation of Small Businesses, show that
33.3% of Comhairle procurement comes from local businesses, which is well above the
national average of just 20%.
Only Shetland Islands Council and Orkney Islands Council pipped Comhairle nan Eilean
Siar to the post of highest procurer.
Donald Cameron said: “I am delighted that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are the third
best council in Scotland for buying locally, and it is a testament to the great products
that are produced on the islands.
“While all councils need the flexibility to buy from further afield, I hope that
the Comhairle can continue to back local businesses and build on this figure.
“Indeed, I feel that other Scottish local authorities can look to our island councils
for some inspiration in order to increase their own local procurement.”