We believe that Chatsworth has a positive impact on its local economy. To maximise this local economic benefit, we aim to buy at least 50% of our supplies and services locally. We define ‘local’ as any business which is less than 30 miles away by road.
Progress is measured annually in a comprehensive supply chain assessment. This looks at every single supplier of goods and services used by the Devonshire Group during the previous financial year. By looking at the amount spent with them and their distance from our sites, we calculate the proportion of money spent within the local economy.
In 2019/2020, 47% of spend was with businesses located less than 30 miles from our sites. This was slightly lower than the previous year, in which local spend was 49%.
This expanding dataset is being used to inform decision-making and measure progress. With it, we aim to exceed 50% and increase our support of local suppliers and services.