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National GO Awards 2015/16 Review

Tuesday March 10th, 2015

National GO Awards 2015/16 Winners and Highly CommendedDrinks and guests alike sparkled at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on the evening of 26 February, during the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16 gala dinner and awards ceremony. Over 400 attendees witnessed the glittering finale to the competition’s largest-ever event.

Among those attending were public sector buyers and suppliers, continuing conversations that started earlier in the day at Procurex North Live 2015, held at Manchester Central. After a drinks reception, the chatter subsided as guests took their seats to enjoy a three-course meal and await the awards results.

Hosting the National GO Awards 2015/16 ceremony was BBC presenter Beccy Meehan. Ms Meehan paid homage to the hard work of the judging panel: CCS Chief Executive Officer, Sally Collier; YPO Managing Director, Simon Hill; Spend Matters Europe Managing Editor, Peter Smith; CIPS Fellow, David Smith; Scottish Government Procurement Director, Alastair Merrill; incoming HCSA Chairperson, Helen Lisle; PASS Principal Procurement Consultant, Eddie Regan; freelance consultant, Roy Bell; independent strategic advisor, John Tizard; Chief Judge, Grahame Steed; and Tata strategic procurement advisor, Dr Gordon Murray.

Dr Murray said: “It has been a real privilege to be on the National GO Awards 2015/16 judging panel. Many years ago I was among a team that won a GO Award, but it is really good to be behind the scenes and see the high quality of the entries.

“Judging the entries was a torturous job, but it was really invigorating seeing the dynamic work that people are putting into public procurement.”

He continued: “These awards are fantastic; they have been running now for over ten years and hopefully the next ten years will see them go from strength to strength and demonstrate that UK public procurement performance is among the best in the world.”

Sharing in this recognition were GO Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award winners Scotland Excel, and the highly commended NHSS National Procurement (in partnership with Haven PTS and Dimensions UK Ltd).

Also taking the stage were GO Contract Management Initiative of the Year Award winners Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and the highly commended Futures Housing Group.

The GO Small Business / Third Sector Engagement Initiative of the Year Award winners were then announced as Kirklees Council, with Caerphilly County Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council highly commended.

Following them were winners in the GO Best Service Award – Health and Social Care Organisations category, Communitas Clinics, and the highly commended Thomas Coram Foundation.
The GO Best Service Award – Other Organisations category winners were then announced as Greenwich Service Solutions Ltd, with Maindec Computer Solutions Ltd highly commended.

The GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Health and Social Care Organisations prize went to NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership Procurement, with both Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS Shared Business Services highly commended in this category.

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia winners were South London SEN Commissioning Programme, with Nottingham City Council highly commended.

They were followed by GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Other Organisations winners Nexus – The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, and the highly commended Crown Commercial Service (in partnership with Pro5, Local Government Association and London ICT Programme).

Next to take the stage were GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Health and Social Care Organisations winners South West Commissioning Support, with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust highly commended.

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia sole winners were then announced as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
They were followed by GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Other Organisations winners University of Glasgow, and the highly commended Hyde Housing Association.

Finally, the GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award winners were announced as Skills Development Scotland.

Among the early winners was Derek Boydan of Haven PTS.

Mr Boydan said: “We are very happy to win. We are proud of what we have achieved manufacturing uniforms for the Scottish NHS, in Scotland and employing local people.

“The GO Awards are important because they are judged by people who share the vision of bringing better public procurement to the UK.

“The category that we have competed among is about driving forward greater sustainability, doing what is right and keeping progress moving.”

Echoing this recognition of progress was GO Awards Lead Judge Grahame Steed.

Mr Steed said: “These awards were the biggest yet – a record number of finalists complemented by a record number of attendees, competing in a record number of categories.

“Well done to all of this year’s winners and highly commended; the competition in each category was fierce and to take home a GO Award really is procurement excellence at its best!”

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