Surrey County Council is delivering on a commitment to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses.
The council’s Cabinet has agreed to create a pool of more than 30 local firms it will call on to carry out work on buildings.
A panel is being drawn up by the county council for the Surrey First* group of public services that includes the 11 borough and district councils in the county and Surrey Police Authority.
They will also be able to use the firms, which are being chosen in 10 specialist areas ranging from architecture to structural engineering and surveying to property management.
Work up to a value of £150,000 will be up for grabs as and when work needs to be done over the next four years.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “In the current climate, we must do everything we can to support the local economy and my aim is to ensure 60% of the county council’s spending is with Surrey businesses.
“Setting up this new pool of local firms will help to achieve that while also providing them with opportunities to win more work from all our Surrey First partners.”
* Surrey First was launched to find ways its members can work more effectively together and uncover savings for the local taxpayer.