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CIPS – as many will know – is the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, a global professional body working for purchasing and supply professions. It represents a global community of over 200,000 professionally recognised and qualified members, with other leading business people, professional managers and academics.

Each year CIPS runs The Excellence in Procurement Awards to reward and honour best practice, innovation and hard work in the procurement and supply chain profession.

“Procurement and supply is a pivotal function within any organisation, constantly shaping and transforming your business for the better. Procurement excellence in our profession is truly worth celebrating, recognising and rewarding. More than ever, outstanding teams and projects deserve the spotlight,” says CIPS.

The Excellence in Procurement Awards for 2020 took place last week and you can watch the whole show here.

The awards are organised into 16 categories, covering best efforts in digital technology use, risk mitigation, supplier management, procurement transformation, suppler diversity, social value, sustainability, to name but some. It also recognises the Leader of the Year and Young Talent.

We were delighted to see so many public sector bodies making the headlines this year – a true testimony to how public procurement is creeping out of the dark, bureaucracy of the past to be seen in a new modern light, working towards making the public sector marketplace a more efficient and open one – something Public Spend Forum is working hard to achieve.

For those of you who wish to watch the awards stop reading now – “spoiler alert.”

Our congratulations go to all who competed, were shortlisted, were runners up or who won, especially to the overall winner Johnson Matthey. Awards to public sector bodies included:

Best collaborative teamwork project — NHS Arden & GEM CSU and NHS England worked collaboratively to co-design and deliver a service model and procurement strategy to appoint two specialist providers for a complex procedure to transform the lives of babies with spina bifida through pioneering prenatal surgery.

Best supplier relationship management initiative — Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office created a Strategic Partnering Programme to address challenges in how MOD was managing its most strategic supplier relationships. It delivered improved operational performance, mitigating risk, leveraging across government to maximise collective opportunities and changing latent behavioural patterns.

Public Procurement Project of the Year — NHS England & NHS Improvement won for breaking existing paradigms in a bid to eliminate one of the deadliest diseases in the world – Hepatitis C. They applied novel game-theoretic concepts in the public procurement environment and more than 100,000 patients can expected to be cured earlier and more effectively.

Other public sector and charitable finalists included:

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Shared Business Services

The Health Family (DHSC; NHS EI; NHS D; NHS BSA; NHS Blood & Transplant; CQC; HEE; PHE; MHRA)

Princess Alexandra Hospital

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

NHS Supply Chain

The Royal British Legion

The Salvation Army

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Essex County Council

Department for International Development

UK Home Office

JSC – Ukrainian Railways

South Gloucestershire Council


Read about all of the award winners here




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