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National GO Awards 2016/17 Review

The National GO Awards 2016

The air was electric on the evening of 8 March as attendees, entrants and judges gathered at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17. Here BiP Solutions journalist Donald MacInnes recounts the night.

With over 130 finalists and 500 guests, this year’s National GO Awards ceremony and gala dinner was the biggest to date. As the champagne flowed so did the conversations, continuing on from Procurex North Live earlier that day in Manchester Central.

Raising their glasses, guests hushed in anticipation as the lavish dinner and awards ceremony got under way. Finalists waited anxiously, all hoping they would be the lucky ones to take home a coveted GO Award.

Suppliers, procurement teams and buying consortia were all honoured across a wide range of categories on the night.

This year’s National GO Awards also welcomed television presenter Sarah Heaney, who introduced the Awards ceremony.

Every year the National GO Awards feature some of the biggest and most celebrated names in UK public procurement, and this year was no exception. Sally Collier, Chief Executive Officer at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), was in attendance as one of the key figures on the judging panel.

Ms Collier commented: “We’ve got the biggest number of winners ever and it’s a fantastic occasion for the procurement profession. The standard just gets better and better.

“The thing this year was that we were rewarding people for real innovation. It’s not just doing the same thing better; it’s fantastic achievement for individuals and teams receiving an award. They should be very proud of their achievements. They should go back to their organisations and shout about this award from the rooftops!”

Co-judge, Chair of the Health Care Supply Association (HCSA) and Director of Procurement and Supplies at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Lisle, discussed the exciting opportunities the GO Awards can bring.

She said: “It’s a great opportunity for people to come together and celebrate success in procurement. The standard this year was incredible. We had a great time down in London debating the rights and wrongs of who should go forward. We see the standard increase on a year-on-year basis which is brilliant for procurement professionals across the country.”

This sentiment was echoed by National GO Awards Lead Judge Grahame Steed.

Mr Steed said: “I’m pleased to say the standard was really high this year. Every year we see the standard increasing. This year was really hard for the judges to make some decisions. There were many strong entries that didn’t even become finalists, which is a real measure of how far the Awards have come. It means a great deal; it’s a huge recognition for the work that that team or that organisation has done!”

As the Winners and Highly Commended were announced the auditorium echoed in celebration as a host of delighted faces ascended to the stage to receive their trophies.

The winners on the night were:

 

GO Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award – Sponsored by ENGIE

 

Winner

Horsham District Council

 

Highly Commended
Doncaster Council in partnership with HM Prison Lindholme and ONE3ONE Solutions

 

GO Contract Management Initiative of the Year Award – Sponsored by Delta eSourcing

 

Winner

The City of Edinburgh Council

Highly Commended
Falkirk Council, Central Procurement Unit

 

GO Small Business / Third Sector Engagement Initiative of the Year Award – Sponsored by Supply

Winner

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

GO Best Service Award – Health and Social Care – Sponsored by Sellick Partnership

 

Winner

Peterborough City Council

Highly Commended

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative

 

GO Best Service Award – Other Organisations – Sponsored by Stannah Lift Services Ltd

Winner

MAP Chartered Surveyors

Highly Commended

ISS Kinloss-Lossiemouth

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Health Care – Sponsored by PASS

Winner

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Highly Commended

NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership

 

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Social Care – Sponsored by PASS

 

Winner

Lincolnshire County Council – Homecare

 

Highly Commended

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

 

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia – Sponsored by Commercial Services

 

Winner

The City of Edinburgh Council

Highly Commended

Liverpool City Council

 

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia (Framework) – Sponsored by Commercial Services

Highly Commended

Sheffield City Council

 

GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Other Organisations – Sponsored by Tracker

Winner

Scotland Excel

Highly Commended

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Welsh Government – Value Wales and the National Procurement Service

 

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Health and Social Care – Sponsored by Government Opportunities

Winner

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Highly Commended

NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia – Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

Winner

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Highly Commended

City of Cardiff Council

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award – Other Organisations – Sponsored by CompeteFor

Winner
Crown Commercial Service

 

Highly Commended

EMSCU

Scottish Procurement – The Scottish Government

GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award – Sponsored by BiP Solutions Ltd

 

Winner

STAR Procurement

Highly Commended

Scottish Water

 

Next year’s National GO Awards event promises to be even bigger and more spectacular than ever before. For information on next year’s event, visit the GO Awards website.

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Donald MacInnes
Media Researcher
BiP Solutions

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