It’s been announced that Sandwell Council has won the Procurement Policy category in the 2014 Federation of Small Businesses’ Staffordshire and West Midlands Local Authority ‘Small Business Friendly Awards’.

It was shortlisted – and won – thanks in part to the council being a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code. This means it has pledged to pay suppliers on time, give clear guidance on payment terms and encourage best practice among its lead suppliers (so that a healthy cashflow can trickle down through the supply chain).