Harrow looks to help locals bid for contracts

LB Harrow is breaking down its housing repair and maintenance contracts into  smaller chunks to allow local companies to bid for work.

The council will invite bids for contracts for the repair and maintenance of council housing as well as housing capital works. Both contracts are currently delivered by Kier but under the new proposals will be broken down into smaller packages that encourage small and medium sized firms, particularly those in Harrow employing local labour, to bid for the work.

The projected size of the two contracts will be over £10.5m in 2012-13.

Cllr Bob Currie, portfolio holder for housing on Harrow Council, said: “By breaking contracts down we want to give local businesses and tradesmen every opportunity to deliver the work, which would have clear economic benefits for the whole of Harrow . “

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