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Chambers step up campaign

Governments urged to spend more with local firms

Liz CameronGovernments on both sides of the border have been urged to show greater willingness to support business by buying goods and services from home-grown companies.

In a new push for its Scottish Business Voice campaign, Scottish Chambers of Commerce says it wants to see twice as many small firms – those employing fewer than 100 employees – winning public contracts over the next five years.

It is also calling for a step up in activity by the British Business Bank and Scottish Business Development Bank.

Liz Cameron, chief executive of the SCC, said: “Business creates the wealth that drives our economy and if our politicians are serious about putting growth first, then they must get behind our businesses and help us to achieve our potential.”

“We believe that all levels of government – local, Scottish and UK – must show confidence in Scottish businesses and buy more goods and services from our home grown businesses themselves.

“If our products are good enough for the rest of the world, then they ought to be good enough for our public sector, and government should be aiming to double the number of smaller Scottish businesses that it awards contracts to.”

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