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Thinking through public procurement for local economic growth

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The Social Value Act, Net Zero commitments, and a growing number of inclusive growth strategies by local authorities mean that public sector procurement is increasingly seen as a policy lever to improve local economic performance and achieve other policy objectives.

Can public procurement lead to increased productivity, wages, or employment locally? What are the potential trade-offs? Are there elements that can make public sector procurement more effective?

Join us for an hour-long session sharing findings from our upcoming review of the evidence on the local economic impacts of public procurement and a discussion of how to think through the possible benefits.

Danni Mason, Head of Policy at What Works Growth will present our forthcoming evidence review. We’ll also hear from people from local government discussing lessons from their public procurement practices, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.


Danni Mason, Head of Policy, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Valetine Quinio, Senior Analyst, Centre for Cities

Dr Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Senior Research Fellow, National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise