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GOing that extra mile

Monday January 18th, 2010

By Grahame Steed, GO Managing Editor

Government Opportunities (GO) magazine is proud to announce the return of its National Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2010-11 and National Public Procurement Practitioners Day (N3PD).

 Public spending is set to be one of the hottest topics of 2010 and beyond, and as a result public procurement will also receive unprecedented levels of focus and challenge in the coming years.

The National Government Opportunities magazine (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards recognise the critical role that procurement plays within the delivery of effective and efficient public services, and for the past eight years have been the benchmark by which innovation, quality and achievement in this sector have been measured. The 2010-11 National GO Awards provide all types of organisation – public, private and third sector – with a platform to promote and share best practice and highlight the initiatives that are making a real difference. Success should be recognised and celebrated, so why not ensure that your story is told?

To reflect the ever-changing procurement landscape we have made a number of alterations to the categories and entry criteria for 2010-11. The emphasis of the Awards is on innovation, initiative and the creation of tangible benefits, for both end-users and the public sector. In addition to recognition for individual and team performance, categories focus on areas such as corporate social responsibility, collaborative procurement and supplier engagement. There are also categories which reflect the private and third sector’s contribution to procurement excellence in the UK. 

Entry into the National GO Awards is free of charge; however, the potential benefits that recognition through the Awards can deliver are enormous. Each entry is reviewed by the National GO Awards judging panel, which includes a number of previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners as well as members of the GO magazine Editorial Advisory Team. The entry process has been streamlined to reduce the time needed to submit, while ensuring that a full account of the initiative or achievement can be given.

The 2010-11 National GO Awards will be presented at a special ceremony in London in June 2010. Each finalist receives one free place at the ceremony, with the option of buying additional places at a discounted rate.

The National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2010-11 categories are as follows:

1.         GO Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award

This Award recognises the pivotal role that public procurement can play in ensuring a more sustainable future for society. It recognises the transition that sustainability issues have made from being a secondary concern to now being centre-stage.

Timescale: Procurement activity must have been active since at least April 2009

Open to: Public/private/third sector organisations

2.         GO Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Initiative of the Year
             Award

This Award recognises those organisations which have done more than most to incorporate CSR and Community Benefit in Procurement (CBiP) thinking into their procurement activities, ensuring a deeper, longer-lasting and wider spread of benefit than may otherwise have been achieved.

Timescale: Procurement activity must have been active since at least April 2009
Open to: Public/private/third sector organisations

3.         GO Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award

The GO Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award recognises the vital role that collaboration will play in the future, and showcases the very best examples of this practice from across the entire public sector. Appreciating the diverse nature of collaborative procurement, this Award has three sub-categories to encourage entries from Health Procurement Hubs, Consortia and other organisations.

a)      Health Hubs

b)      Public Sector Consortia

c)      Other organisations

Timescale: Initiative must have been active since at least April 2009
Open to: Public or third sector organisations

4.         GO Best Service Award

The GO Best Service Award recognises the critical part that private and third sector organisations play in ensuring end-user expectations are met, or, even better, exceeded – while paying heed to issues such as efficiency and sustainability. The Best Service Award is split into two categories; one for businesses or third sector organisations with fewer than 50 staff (micro and small businesses) and one for businesses or third sector organisations with 50 staff or more (medium and large businesses).

Timescale: Service must have been delivered since at least April 2009

Open to: Private or third sector organisations endorsed by public or third sector client
                Private or third sector organisations endorsed by private sector client (acting
                as a prime contractor)
     

 5.         GO Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award

The GO Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award brings creativity and imagination to the fore; celebrating concepts that have made a genuine difference within the procurement sector. The innovation or initiative can come from any quarter, and can be of any scale; but it must be a genuine advancement, and must be compliant with existing procurement legislation.

Timescale: Innovation or initiative must have been active since at least April 2009
Open to: Public or third sector organisations, and private sector organisations with public sector endorsement

6.         GO Best Supplier Engagement Initiative Award

Supplier engagement is high on the public procurement agenda, and this Award recognises those public or third sector organisations which are leading the way in engaging effectively and productively with their supply base. Initiatives can be of any scale or type – the focus of this Award is on the effectiveness and demonstrable benefit that has arisen as a result of the initiative; both to the supply chain and end-users.

Timescale: Initiative must have been active since at least April 2009

Open to: Public or third sector organisations

7.         GO Individual of the Year Award

The GO Individual of the Year Award recognises the individual efforts of a procurement professional, and the positive impact that their involvement has had upon a particular procurement exercise or project. The Award recognises that while successful procurement is delivered by teams, the motivation, imagination and determination of individuals within a team is critical to a successful outcome.

Timescale: The procurement exercise or project in which the individual has played a role must have been active since at least April 2009
Open to: This category is open to all working for a public or third sector organisation

8.         GO Team of the Year Award

Team working is pivotal to the success of public procurement, and the GO Team of the Year Award recognises the power and potential of a focused and unified approach to procurement initiatives. Teams can be based within one organisation or spread over multiple organisations, but they must comprise individuals working towards the same objective or goal. Above all, this Award recognises communication, collaboration and the additional value that teamwork can create.

Timescale: The procurement exercise or project in which the team has played a role must have been active since at least April 2009

Open to: Public or third sector organisations (a public or third sector team can also include a private sector organisation which has contributed to the initiative)

9.         GO Lifetime Achievement Award

The GO Lifetime Achievement Award is a special recognition for those who have dedicated the majority of their career to advancing public procurement. As such, it is not an Award that is given lightly, or even at all if it is felt there is no candidate significantly deserving of it.

Open to: All working within a predominantly procurement-focused role within or on behalf of a public or third sector organisation

Special conditions: Entries can be submitted by or on behalf of the individual

The GO Awards are held as part of National Public Procurement Practitioners Day, the aim of which is to increase the awareness and recognition of the work of procurement professionals across the UK. N3PD is supported by many of the UK’s most prominent procurement organisations and public bodies.

 The finalists in the 2009-10 Awards were successful because their entries told a clear and concise story – backed up with facts and figures – of outstanding achievement in their particular area. A great story told badly will not achieve finalist status – give your entry the time and attention it deserves.

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