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Why should you bother with GO Awards Scotland 2013/14? Here are 5 good reasons!

Wednesday July 10th, 2013
Director, Procurement & Commercial at The Scottish Government, Alastair Merrill, with GO Managing Editor, Grahame Steed, present Frameworks Scotland Team with the GO Team of the Year Award 2012

Director, Procurement & Commercial at The Scottish Government, Alastair Merrill, with GO Managing Editor, Grahame Steed, present Frameworks Scotland Team with the GO Team of the Year Award 2012

Being involved in procurement means knowing the value of every second, so why should you spend valuable moments filling in an entry form for the GO Awards Scotland?

Our top five reasons: Self- evaluation, Networking, National Recognition, Positive PR, and Stakeholder Confidence.

Here’s the breakdown of our the top five reasons why you should submit that entry today!

Be honoured by the procurement elite

‘This award will certainly help us work on the successes we’ve had to date and taking things forward.’  Health Facilities ScotlandGO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award 2012

Entering the GO Awards is about more than impressing an esteemed judging panel, it’s an opportunity to take a critical look at your organisation from an outside perspective. By reviewing your strategy you will be able to focus on the successes worth building on and evaluate the weaknesses which may have gone unchecked. Achieving GO Awards Scotland finalist status enables you to benchmark your organisation against your competitors and peers in this £9bn marketplace.

2.  Meet industry professionals at a first-class networking opportunity

‘The team are very passionate about procurement so it’s great to be recognised for procurement leadership.’  Renfrewshire CouncilGO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award 2012

No matter how good technology gets, nothing beats getting into a room with the right people at the right event. The GO Awards Scotland is the ‘must attend’ black tie event of the procurement calendar. Remember the GO Awards aren’t just for large public sector organisations – smaller organisations, business and third sector organisations have the chance to compete and meet at this glittering annual celebration of Scottish procurement innovation.

3. Get national recognition for your organisation

‘We feel elated to win the award. We’ve been in business 35 years and we’ve never really seen a formal award before.’ Capital Document SolutionsGO Best Service Award 2012

Announce your success to the world! Supported by the Scottish Government, the GO Awards Scotland are the most prestigious procurement awards in the country. What better way to show how brilliant your organisation is than owning a title such as winner of the ‘Team of the Year’, ‘Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year’ or any of our six other categories. Don’t be shy about your achievements it you make if to the finalist round – by including your GO Awards title on promotional materials and below your name in communications you are providing solid evidence that your organisation is good at what it does. High level endorsements help make your organisation one that people trust.

4. Promote you organisation with tailored, positive PR

‘It’s really exciting. Our director is over the moon! It’s fantastic because procurement doesn’t usually work in social care it’s really important to win something like this.’ Scotland Excel – Social Care Team, Secure Care ContractGO/ John F McClelland Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award 2012

Making it to the finalists stage of the GO Awards Scotland provides a good news story for you to promote amongst your employees, your network and the general public. Despite the pivotal role procurement plays in the supporting the economy and boosting public sector efficiency, good procurement stories don’t always make the headlines. Use this opportunity to get the ammunition, appreciation and powerful recognition you need to make your organisation stand out from the crowd.

5. Raise your profile and impress your stakeholders

‘Winning this award is a huge team event; it’s from our Chief Executive and all his support all the way down through the organisation, and all our stakeholders. It’s for everyone who works with us; we couldn’t have done this without them.’ Renfrewshire CouncilGO Team of the Year Award 2012

Everyone likes the reassurance that they are working with an organisation that has been vetted and praised by others. The GO Awards are a chance to instil stakeholder confidence in your organisation. From your procurement team to the board of directors, taking home a coveted GO Award helps to inspire people at all levels to believe in themselves and the positive impact good procurement can make.

So don’t delay – start working on your GO Awards Scotland 2013/14 submission today! See which categories may be right for you and download our entry guide to see what it takes to become a winner.

Deadline 6 September 2013.

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