Guaranteed Irish calls for cross party support for public services & procurement bill

Guaranteed Irish welcome Public Services and Procurement (Social Value) Bill 2015 introduced by Fianna Fail and calls on cross party support for their members. This will allow all business in Ireland have a level playing field with their European counterparts in successfully bidding for public procurement contracts which provide significant social benefits . The Government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the economy. Public Procurement accounts for 16% of GDP. In turn €8.5 billion is spent on supplies and services.

What the new Bill does for Guaranteed Irish members

The legislation will require public bodies to have regard to economic, social and environmental well-being in connection with public service contracts being put out to tender.

Guaranteed Irish, the national symbol for provenance, quality & trust identifies and celebrates enterprises who make a positive difference to our lives and our communities.

Assessment of an applicant for membership to Guaranteed Irish, is based on three core criteria – jobs, provenance and community.

It is now more important than ever that companies register with Guaranteed Irish to ensure they are weighted favourably when this new bill becomes law.

This bill will level the playing field for Irish SMEs when competing with their European counterparts and has the potential to increase the number of jobs and profitability in the Irish SME sector.

SMEs make up over 99% of businesses in the enterprise economy in Ireland and account for almost 70% of people employed.

Guaranteed Irish lobby on behalf of their members to ensure they have a fair opportunity to tender for and win Public contracts by ensuring public bodies allow for and weight favourably towards their presence in the community and creation of local quality jobs.

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New research by Amárach has shown that of 1000 people surveyed, almost three quarters (73%) feel that it is important for Irish companies to highlight the Irish origin of their products.Almost 8 in 10 (78%) would like to see more companies display the guaranteed Irish symbol. 96% feel that it is just as important as five years ago that people buy from companies with a vested interest in Ireland, with 55% feeling it is more important.