At a recent Power of Procurement event in Manchester, UK, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies announced its findings that Manchester City Council has increased its spending with local businesses from 50% 10 years ago to 71% today. In 2016-17 the council spent £320m on goods and services with Manchester companies. The council has been working with CLES for over 10 years to improve its procurement policy and practice, aiming to address local needs and maximise benefits to the city’s residents. The council says it has been working on embedding social value into all aspects of its procurement cycle and has established a minimum 20% social value weighting for all procurements. Full story in Public Sector Executive.