Procuring the maximum benefit for Neath Port Talbot
Neath Port Talbot Council’s approach to ensuring community
benefits from its procurement activities is achieving results.
The Council is a major buyer of goods, services and works and
has also been successful in securing substantial amounts of funding
for regeneration and construction projects across the County
Funding from both the public and private sector has led to major
schemes such as town centre regeneration programmes, infrastructure
projects, new schools and housing developments.
Part of the Council’s procurement process requires companies to
consider and include reference to delivering benefits to local
communities as part of their contract submission.
Community benefits cover a whole range of areas and may include
training and employment opportunities for local people; improved
supply chain opportunities for local businesses; and educational
contributions to local schools and colleges.
The Council’s approach to deriving community benefits from
construction contracts has been successfully developed over the
last few years, working with companies on major projects such as
the refurbishment of the Gwyn Hall in Neath, and the construction
of Harbour Way and Croeserw Community Enterprise Centre.
A more recent example is Awel Y Môr Primary School, a £7m
contract to construct a new primary school to accommodate pupils
from Glan Y Môr and Tir Morfa Primary schools and Tŷ Afan Unit.
Throughout the duration of the contract, the Council’s Business
Development and South West Workways teams worked closely with
Dawnus Construction to support the delivery of community benefits.
Some key achievements include 13 local companies becoming approved
suppliers to Dawnus and 19 previously unemployed local people
securing permanent employment with either the main contractor or
Dawnus Construction also delivered learning experiences to local
children, including sponsoring local primary school children to
attend sports events, delivering health and safety talks to over
300 pupils and delivering mock interview sessions in four
This approach has meant that for every pound spent on the
project £1.64 is reinvested in the Welsh economy, resulting in an
overall contribution of over £11.5m.
The Awel Y Môr Primary School project has been short listed in
the RICS Wales Awards 2014 in the ‘Community Benefits’
Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas said: “Neath Port Talbot Council
is committed to maximising the value of every pound it spends.
Creating local job opportunities is one of our key priorities and
it is vital that we make the most of investment and construction
projects in the County Borough to benefit local people and
businesses. This important economic development activity will
continue to be an important feature of any future projects”.
Dawnus Project Manager, Hadley Hands said: “We were more than
pleased to work with Neath Port Talbot Council throughout the
duration of the contract on delivering recruitment and training
opportunities for local people”.
“The approach we adopted meant 19 job opportunities were created
on site and more than 135 apprenticeship training weeks being
“We were also keen to give local businesses a helping hand and
worked hard to achieve 80% spend with small to medium sized Welsh
The Council is working with a number of investment projects and
developers to deliver community benefits including Swansea
University’s Bay Campus, Pen Y Cymoedd wind energy project and the
redevelopment of Port Talbot Parkway Station.