THE decision to have a German firm print a local authority quarterly magazine is being defended by Brackley Town Council.
The contract for the design and printing of the council’s Town Talk publication had been held by a Brackley firm before being awarded to one based at Silverstone last year.
But a council working party has now decided to ask the German firm, Print 24, to produce the first edition of the A3 magazine in the new year. Tenders are also being invited to take on the design of the publication.
Some feel the decision is short sighted at a time when the south Northants economy needs all the help it can get.
Luke Ross of Banbury Road said: “At a time when Britain requires all work to be kept at home in order to fight the worst recession for decades it beggars belief that some members of Brackley Town Council are this short sighted.”
Town councillor Jim Broomfield voted against giving the work to the German firm and said: “I’m surprised we couldn’t find a local company, paying tax and wages here. Where does it stop? We may as well get everything from China.”
However, Gwen Rhys, chairman of the Town Talk working party said the decision would save Brackley tax payers over £1,000 a year. She said they decided to try out Print 24 for one print run and that they had a duty to get the best value for money and added: “Particularly as it is residents money we are using. And the German company gave us significant savings. And we are not just talking handfuls of cash, we are talking about hundreds of pounds if not more than a thousand.”
Mrs Rhys said Brackley can not afford to isolate itself in a global market. She also said community groups and businesses in Brackley were also using Print 24 and added: “It is a shame, but we are in a global market and it is a buyers market. We all want to give everything to local companies, but that fact of the matter is, that’s not how life works.”
Deadline for the design tender ends Friday, October 14, visit www.brackleynorthants-tc.gov.uk for more details.