One must feel for the owner and employees of Menai Deli who have been supplying the hospital shop and cafe at Ysbyty Gwynedd for many years, and who have now lost the WRVS contract to supply sandwiches to national supplier Ginster's who are based in Cornwall. The WRVS decision has resulted in the loss of 6 jobs in the local area.
This decision raises a number of questions as to how the WRVS tender for services; do they not have a condition in the contract relating to the carbon footprint of their suppliers? It would seem not!
This brings us on to the question of how the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board came to award the contract to the WRVS in the first place and whether now is the time to review their tendering process and perhaps award the contract to a local third sector organisation who will comply with local supplier/environmental conditions.
Local politicians should bring pressure to bear on the undemocratic BCU Health Board and the WRVS to address their procurement processes in favour of local suppliers. It is after all not a large contract subject of European tendering rules.