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GO Awards Scotland 2015/16 Review

Wednesday October 7th, 2015

GoAwardsScot2015Hopes and spirits were high at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on the evening of 6 October, as guests assembled for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2015/16 dinner and ceremony.

Over 400 attendees saw the sold-out finale to the competition’s largest-ever event.

Among the guests were public sector buyers and their suppliers, continuing conversations that started earlier in Scotland’s day of procurement celebration at Procurex Scotland Live 2015, held in Glasgow’s SECC arena.

After an early-evening drinks reception, the chatter subsided as guests took their seats to enjoy a three-course meal and await the Awards results.

Hosting the GO Awards Scotland 2015/16ceremony was TV presenter Sarah Heaney. Ms Heaney paid homage to the hard work of the judging panel: Scottish Government Director of Procurement and Commercial, Ainslie McLaughlin; Scottish Government Head of Scottish Procurement Policy and Strategy,Nikki Bell; Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Chief Executive, Angus Warren; Scotland Excel Director, Julie Welsh; University of Edinburgh Assistant Director of Procurement, George Sked; Federation of Small Businesses Scotland Policy Manager, Susan Love; PASS Principal Procurement Consultant, Eddie Regan; National Procurement Associate Director of Business Development, Alison Brown; and Government Opportunities Managing Editor, Grahame Steed.

Ms Heaney said: “This year’s GO Awards saw an increase of over 20% on entries received, which is reflected in the number of finalists that the judges have selected. There are 61 finalists across tonight’s nine competitive categories, with the tenth category reserved for our honorary Outstanding Contribution Award.

“As with last year’s Awards, we have a lot of first-time entrants set to compete strongly against the many seasoned campaigners in the GO Awards. The standard of entries has again been very high and choosing winners for each category provided lively debate among the judges.”

With the judges looking on, Ms Heaney proceeded to announce the 2015/16 winners and highly commended runners-up. Among those sharing in this recognition were GO Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award winners Scottish Borders Council along with Scottish Natural Heritage, highly commended in the same category.

Also taking the stage were GO Contract Management Initiative of the Year Award winners City of Edinburgh Council – Parking Management Team and Commercial and Procurement Services Team.

The GO Best Service Award winners were then announced as ISS Kinloss-Lossiemouth, with two organisations – Kibble Education and Care Centre, and Maindec Computer Solutions –highly commended.

The GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Health and Social Care Organisations prize went to NHS National Services Scotland, with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde highly commended; while the GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Other Organisations winners were announced as Scotland Excel – Social and Care Agency Workers.

Next to take the stage were GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Local Authorities winners East Dunbartonshire Council, with North Ayrshire Council highly commended; they were followed by GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Other Organisations winners Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate – ICT Collaborative Team, with Scotland Excel highly commended in this category.

Following them were GO Procurement People of Tomorrow Award winners Scotland Excel.

With the Awards drawing to their conclusion, GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award winners Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils took to the stage, preceeded by highly commended runners-up Scottish Water.

Finally, an honorary GO Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to former Scottish Government Director for Procurement and Commercial, Alastair Merrill.

Accepting his Award, Mr Merrill said: “This is the highlight of my career, an absolute honour and a real privilege. It’s great to be recognised in this way.”

“The GO Awards are the highlight of the procurement year. I’ve been to awards ceremonies across the UK and across Europe, even across the world, and this is the one that matters. The GO Awards truly bring the procurement community together. This to me is the best.”

Echoing this sentiment was GO Awards Lead Judge Grahame Steed.

Mr Steed said: “This truly was a celebration of Scotland’s Day of Procurement! From a hugely successful Procurex Scotland Live event right through to the stunning finale that is the GO Awards Scotland, this event gets bigger and better every year. Well done to all the winners and highly commended, your success is well deserved!”



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