Council pays £1.1 million to Bute suppliers and contractors

Argyll and Bute Council paid more than �1.1 million to Bute-based suppliers and contractors during 2012-13.
Argyll and Bute Council paid more than �1.1 million to Bute-based suppliers and contractors during 2012-13.

Argyll and Bute Council has published details of all the payments of £1,000 or more made by the authority to suppliers and contractors during 2012-13.

The information was released via the Scottish Government’s Spotlight on Spend website, and shows that payments made to firms and organisations based wholly or primarily on Bute during the year totalled £1,128,546.

Those payments included:

£526,579 to Careplus under ‘social care - adult’

£212,673 to George Hanson Building Contractors under ‘construction - builders’

£68,216 to Achievement Bute under ‘social care - disabled children’

£41,698 to Bute Marketing Group under ‘trade - development agencies’

£38,212 to Paul Duffy under ‘construction - open spaces - archaeologists’

£32,376 to Bute Signs and Graphics under ‘construction materials - signage’

£29,902 to T.G. Scaffolding (Bute) under ‘construction - scaffolding erectors and hirers’

£25,854 to the Mount Stuart Trust under ‘arts and leisure services - attractions’

£25,613 to John Murray under ‘construction - plumbers’

£19,530 to Bute Shinty and Amateur Athletic Sports Club under ‘arts and leisure services - sport and fitness’

£18,713 to Bute Conservation Trust under ‘environmental services - land protection - conservation organisations’

£12,592 to Bute Blacksmiths Limited under ‘construction materials - other - blacksmiths and forgemasters’

£10,781 to Buckeridge Installations, and £5,467 to Cameron Electrical Services, under ‘construction - electricians’

£8,000 to the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival under ‘arts and leisure - organised activities’

£7,169 to Ardencraig House Apartments under ‘social care - other (self-catering accommodation)’

£5,671 to Ambrisbeg Ltd under ‘construction materials - general materials - quarries’

£5,024 to Bute Tools under ‘construction materials - hand tools’

£4,508 to The Carpet Warehouse under ‘construction materials - floor coverings - retail’

£4,408 to Bute Advice Centre under ‘social care - other’

£4,347 to N. & R. McAlister under ‘trade - farming (mixed)’

£4,265 to C.M. Soane CA under ‘financial services - accounting and bookkeeping services’

£2,897 to the Victoria Hotel, Rothesay under ‘social care - other (hotels)’

£2,888 to Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company Ltd under ‘vehicle management - other - boatbuilders and repairs’

£2,438 to Bute Amateur Players under ‘trade - no detailed category’

£1,641 to Rothesay Motor Services and £1,335 to Bute Motor Company under ‘vehicle management - maintenance - garage services’

£1,605 to Andy Walters Photography under ‘facilities management - design and photography - general’

£1,427 to The Bike Shed under ‘sports and playground equipment and maintenance - cycle shops’

£1,404 to Ritchies of Rothesay under ‘catering - fish smokers and curers’

£1,313 to D.C. Murray & Company under ‘construction materials - paint and finishing’.

Other payments with a link to Bute include:

£100,398 to Crossroads Caring for Carers under ‘social care - social services’

£53,241 to Blachere Wonderland Illuminations UK Ltd (the makers of the Guildford Square lighting display) under construction materials - lighting’

£6,955 to Johnston Publishing (publishers of The Buteman, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and other local newspapers across the country) under ‘financial services - subscriptions - newspaper and magazine publishers’

£2,560 to Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies Ltd under ‘construction materials - general materials’.

The leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Roddy McCuish, said: “We know how important it is for people to have confidence in the way the council uses its budgets on their behalf. The Spotlight on Spend website presents information clearly and simply, and is a great way to keep the public informed.”

Suppliers with whom there was a total spend of less than £1,000 over a 12 month period are not included, as the amount usually represents less than one per cent of total spend. Figures presented are annual totals for the financial year, which is April to March.

The information on expenditure is categorised on the website by the goods or services provided, such as ‘building services’ and ‘highway equipment and materials’. This information comes from supplier databases, such as the Thomson’s Local Directory. It relates to the stated business of the company, which may be different to the nature of the business carried out for Argyll and Bute Council.

If you have any questions about the information, you can use the dedicated email address spotlightonspend@argyll-bute.gov.uk