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.