Campaign prompts firm to look local

For one Aberdeen firm, signing up to the Buy North East campaign has been a catalyst for improving how they do business.

Creative print specialist XIC is among the 400-plus organisations that have signed up for the campaign, which aims to give the local economy a boost.

All firms need to do to join the Buy North East Roll of Honour is to put the campaign on their next board meeting agenda – then move at least one contract or piece of business to a local supplier.

Murray Alexander, director of XIC, said since joining up they have been scrutinising their own service offering.

He said: “Signing up to the campaign was a given for us. We try to use and support local companies where possible – and we have been grateful for the support we have received in return – so the principles behind Buy North East made sense. We have already earmarked one additional contract we should be able to relocate locally before the year end.”

XIC is also running a Thirty Good Deeds campaign to support another important part of the north-east community – its third sector. The initiative offers to print 30 small projects for free on behalf of charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations during the company’s 30th anniversary year.

“Having had three great decades in this city, it felt right to use our birthday year to support our local communities in the best way we can,

” said Mr Alexander.

Karen Noble, director of Murray Office Furniture in Inverurie, is another enthusiastic member of the Buy North East Roll of Honour. She said: “When the time came for company livery to be applied to our van, the choice was simple – keep it local. Our original roadside sign was created by Rood Signs in Inverurie and we asked them to provide new signage for our van.

“Because of the downturn in the oil industry, local businesses have to work that bit harder. Professional van signage will enhance our local company presence.”

The campaign is led by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council – plus Aberdeen Journals and Scottish Enterprise.