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The GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 – Review

Wednesday October 23rd, 2013


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As the sun set on the Glasgow Marriott hotel on 22 October, the stars came out to shine on the GO Awards Scotland 2013/14. With no fewer than 57 finalists, there was a record turn-out for Scotland’s premier procurement awards ceremony.

This year’s Awards also saw the largest number of first-time applicants and welcomed experts from around the country, as nominees, judges and guests.

Among them were representatives from Pulsant, who, despite not contending for a prize, took advantage of the networking opportunity the GO Awards Scotland presented. Pulsant’s Sean Pearson said: “We came for the banter; this is our first time at the GO Awards and we are looking forward to getting the opportunity to socialise with some of the people we met at the Procurex Scotland event.  We were silver sponsors at Procurex Scotland Live.”

Pulsant’s Jamie Stewart added: “This is a good opportunity for us to meet key decision makers from government. It allows us to follow up conversations from Procurex, talking to individuals who are up for awards, especially people in sectors like IT, which relate to our business.”

 With such a wide variety of businesses and public sector organisations entering the Awards, judging the entries was no mean feat. One of the experts rising to the challenge was Pauline Graham, from Ready for Business.

 She said: “I had the pleasure of being on the judging panel; it was a nice opportunity to work alongside other procurement professionals. The calibre of nominees was very high and there were more applications than expected. Some of the categories had very innovative contributions, which was interesting for me to see because I represent social enterprise suppliers, who always look for this.” 

 Suppliers, teams, and consortia were all honoured through different categories of the GO Awards Scotland and – after much deliberation – the winners were chosen.

 The Scottish Government distinguished itself at the GO Awards Scotland with its Procurement Team winning the Sustainability/CSR Initiative of the Year and the Procurement Capability Team winning Procurement Leadership of the Year Highly commended in these categories went to BASE Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service respectively.

 The Best Service Award was won by APS Group (Scotland) Ltd, with Brakes Bros Ltd and Castle Computer Services bagging highly commended.

 The John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award went to Tayside Procurement Consortium. The winner of the Innovation or Initiative in Health Award was apetito Ltd while the equivalent Award for Innovation outside the health sector was won by Procurement People of Tomorrow Team (City of Glasgow College, Scottish Procurement and Skills Development Scotland), with Scotland Excel taking highly commended.

 Team of the Year Award for Local Authorities and Consortia went to Falkirk Council, with Renfrewshire Council taking highly commended. The Team of the Year Award for Other Organisations was won by Scottish Water, with both Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service highly commended in this category.

 Congratulating the participants, GO Awards Scotland host Grahame Steed said: “The impact of these Awards will extend long after the champagne stains have dried out. I’d urge every organisation represented here to promote its success in these Awards – and Government Opportunities will help to support your PR and branding efforts. Share your story and inspire others to enter the Awards next year, as you yourselves were inspired.”


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