On 5th July at RBH’s Drake Street offices, Rochdale Stronger Together (RST) held a workshop call “Spending FOR Rochdale People WITH Rochdale People”. The workshop, facilitated by STAR Procurement (RST Partner and shared procurement service for Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale local authorities) was attended by directors and senior managers from the leading health, leisure, housing and education institutions across the Borough.
In the workshop the following key areas were explored:
- How well did Anchors currently understand their own spend?
- What were the challenges to spending more locally?
- Who could be engaged to try and help unblock some of the challenges?
- What should the priorities be going forward?
It was an excellent opportunity to learn about how to better understand your local economy as well as share some of the best practice which some partners are already well advanced at implementing.
Findings and priorities will be presented to the next formal Anchor meeting, on 19th July, where senior Anchor leaders will meet to review progress and set new objectives for continuing to move Rochdale Stronger Together forward.