Shop Local – Christmas gifts for Boroughs Christmas Calvacade purchased in Belfast

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has revealed that it purchased gifts for children who visited Santa in his Grotto during the 2022 Christmas Cavalcades from a supplier outside the Borough.

In response to a public Freedom of Information request, the council disclosed that it had purchased 155 cases of selection boxes from Musgrave Market Place in Belfast at a cost of £2,633.45 plus VAT.

The gifts consisted of a small selection box per child, containing four to five items for children aged 5-12, specifically Cadburys Small chocolates.

The council explained that it followed its Procurement Policy, which involved seeking quotations from three suppliers – one from within the borough and two from outside. Unfortunately, no quotations were received from local suppliers, while a single quotation was received from a supplier located outside the borough.

The council’s “Shop, Eat, Enjoy Local” campaign promotes the message of supporting local businesses throughout the borough.