Bracknell Forest Council is backing Bracknell businesses by buying local.

Latest figures show the council spent around £93m on external goods and services last year, of which 38 per cent - around £35m -  was spent with Berkshire-based businesses, up from 25 per cent the previous year. 

The council spent more than £8m with businesses within Bracknell Forest borough. More than 80 per cent of the 3,300 suppliers to the council were small and medium sized-enterprises (SMEs).

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: "We are committed to helping local businesses and are working hard to support the economic growth of the borough.

"We want to spend more council money locally and to encourage as many local firms as possible to compete for contracts to supply goods and services.

"Small firms are a vital part of our business community as they have the power to create jobs and growth if they are given the help to do so.

"For current procurement opportunities with Bracknell Forest Council , go to the South East Business Portal websitewww.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk  where all new opportunities are advertised.

It is free to register and automatic email alerts are sent every time a suitable opportunity is advertised by any council in the region.