Mid & East Antrim Council is to step up support for businesses in the borough to help them compete in the marketplace.
The proposal to do so was contained in a Notice of Motion presented to Monday night’s’ monthly meeting of the local authority by Councillor William McCaughey which received the unanimous backing of members.
It read: “That this Council support all local businesses by endeavouring, where possible, to produce specifications that are flexible and of various sizes to permit local businesses to compete and also provide opportunities for local businesses to be trained on local government purchasing regulations”.
Seconding the Motion, Alderman Gregg McKeen said: “We should, where possible, give support and help businesses to get on the ladder to compete with other businesses”.
Voicing his support, Cllr Declan O’Loan said while “there are always going to be some winners and losers”, “it is right that we train up our local companies”.
UKIP Cllr Noel Jordan stated: “I believe a lot of specifications are European based and unfortunately that doesn’t help local businesses.”
Deputy Mayor Councillor Timothy Gaston said that given local jobs losses over the past two years “there is even greater responsibility on Council to deliver for the people”.