There are four widely-stated reasons for companies to buy goods and services from local businesses.
The first is in response to government regulations or investment agreements that require a minimum level of local content. The second is to deliver socio-economic benefits into the local community by creating business opportunities with local enterprises. Third is to create a shorter and more diverse supply chain and the last is to build local community support.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution so it is worthwhile taking time early-on to clearly articulate the reasons for investing in this area.