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Welsh Government pays English company to promote Welsh talent.

January 25, 2013 11:59 PM

You really couldn't make it up could you? As reported on Wales Online, the Welsh Labour Government have commissioned a promotional film to showcase Wales' creative industries - and awarded the contract to a company based in England.

The Welsh Government has stated that the creative industries is one of the biggest growth areas in Wales and are allegedly fully behind it, whilst of course also trying to claim some credit for its success. Surely then there was some home grown talent capable of making this film? If our own Government are not going to invest in Wales then how can they hope to encourage others to do so?

Procurement at all levels of Government has the potential to make a significant difference to small and medium businesses in particular, but overly stringent rules, or poorly drawn up contracts have often made it impossible for local businesses to compete.

The Labour party locally have sought to make political capital out of the closure for employ in Porth. In March 2012 just prior to the Council elections the Labour Cabinet in RCT announced that they had signed a contract with Remploy Porth "which will provide business and a contract at a time when it is needed the most by the local facility."

But where had they been prior to that? During a debate on Remploy at full Council in late 2011 Cllr Mike Powell asked how much business the Council had put Remploy's way, but was told that is was difficult because of procurement rules.

We have heard from a number of local businesses who are frustrated at not being able to win local public service contracts and instead have to look across the border for work. It is a nonsense, and the system needs to be urgently addressed.