Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce has launched a new campaign to persuade businesses in north-east Scotland to source more products and services from within the region and in turn support fellow local firms. The aim is to retain more money in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and give the local economy a shot in the arm.
Buy North-East is being run in conjunction with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils, Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeen Journals and encourages local private, public and third sector organisations to procure more items from local suppliers. The Press & Journal and Evening Express newspapers are highlighting the importance and benefits of sourcing products and services locally with regular editorial articles.
Hundreds of businesses of all sizes and operating in all sectors have signed up to the initiative, including ourselves here at Innes Associates. As an Aberdeen-based advertising, marketing and PR company we know the importance of using local suppliers.
Explaining why Innes Associates is backing the campaign, managing director Charlie Innes said: “We have always aimed to use local suppliers as much as possible. Working with suppliers who are on our doorstep allows us to build strong relationships with them. Nothing beats discussing a project face-to-face and having that personal relationship can help when last minute projects crop up.
“Our network includes freelance designers, photographers, video production companies, gift suppliers and printers, and although each varies in size, they all contribute to ensuring we have a diverse economy here in the north-east.
“This campaign gives us the opportunity as a business to explore how we can support more north-east suppliers to fulfil our own needs and those of our clients. Businesses should also be encouraging their staff to examine where they spend their money and inspire them to shop locally where and when they can. If we all make some small changes it will have a positive knock-on effect right down the supply chain.”
For more information on Buy North-East visit www.buynortheast.co.uk.