Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 28 February 2014

We are keen to keep you up-to-date with information on the work of the council. Here you will find information including links to news from the council, warnings from our Trading Standards Service, and a ‘Did you Know’ update.

If you have any suggestions for the kind of information you would like to read about, please do let us know.

Welcome from Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council

“Argyll and Bute Council is committed to doing all we can to support our local economy, and to ensuring that we deliver the best return possible from investments. With that in mind, we are piloting a new approach to securing suppliers when we are tendering for contracts.

Argyll and Bute is renowned for fine quality fresh food and our food production sector plays an important role in sustaining our communities, particularly in our remote rural areas. Later this year we are planning to issue a key tender worth at least £60,000 for the supply of fresh meat and fish to schools, school hostels and social care units across Argyll and Bute.

Instead of opting simply for a Scotland-wide procurement contract, in order to support local and SME food producers we would like to discuss the opportunity with suppliers and distributors before the tender is created, and get their views on how contracts could best be allotted by product and by region, and by supply and distribution.

We are therefore hosting a Suppliers’ Forum on Tuesday 25th March 2014 in the Council Chambers in Lochgilphead.  

The focus of the event will be on outlining the opportunity, the procurement process and meeting suppliers and distributors interested in collaborating with each other.  The council buyers for this tender will be there to answer questions.  The goal is to establish whether suppliers in the market are willing and able to work together to bid for this type of council contract. Our Business Gateway team will also be on hand to outline the free support available for businesses to help them enhance their tendering skills.

I would encourage any fresh meat or fresh fish suppliers or distributors to come along. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the council’s buyers for this contract and discuss the possibilities available.”

If you would like to attend please book a place by contacting Elaine Appleby, Purchasing Officer, by 18th March 2014 either by email to Elaine.appleby@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 01369 708594.

Trading Standards Advice

Wood Burning Stove advice

Argyll and Bute Council has received a number of complaints about the installation of wood burning stoves.

Campaign launched to rid Scotland of rogue traders

Local authorities and Police Scotland have launched a campaign to rid Scotland of rogue traders who prey on the elderly and the vulnerable.

Green Deal Rewards Limited of Wellwynd, Airdrie

Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards has received a number of complaints concerning the above company

Here is more information on how our Trading Standards Service can help consumers and businesses.

Please find here a link to another Police Scotland campaign: Stay Safe Online for Children

Did you know?

It’s time to register your child for pre-school: Children born between 1st March 2011 and 29th February 2012 are eligible for free Early Learning and Childcare (previously known as pre-school education).

Giving children the best start: Our recently published action plan 2014-2017 outlines the work the council and our partners will do to give our children and young people the support they need.

News from the council

Council supports new housing development

Loan agreement is reached that will help deliver new housing.

Minister sees Commonwealth Games projects benefiting Argyll and Bute

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison saw how a range of Legacy 2014 projects and programmes are already benefiting people in Oban and Appin.

Fifty-strong schools concert band wows them at The Tower

Over 50 talented young school musicians from all over Argyll and Bute wowed the audience at the first concert to be performed at The Tower, Helensburgh

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 7 March. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk