Northern Irish finalists took to the stage at the prestigious GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 event at the Titanic Hotel Belfast on 13 March 2019, to celebrate the people behind the country’s procurement success.
Many success stories were shared on the day by the host, BBC journalist Holly Hamilton, as she guided guests through the afternoon of presentations.
Leadership Merit Award
Holly kicked off the event by announcing a surprise Merit award for Leadership, which Gus MacKenzie from Procurex Ireland presented to NI Water.
The NI Water team was recognised for their work on “The Commercial Excellence Portfolio” – one of the six business change portfolios created by NI Water – which has been established to deliver £17m annual opex and £17m annual capex efficiencies by the end of March 2021.
A huge amount of work is going into this initiative and the GO Awards judges believed that the event was the perfect platform to recognise NI Water for their efforts.
GO Awards Presentation
This year, the judging panel selected winners and highly commended entrants from organisations across Northern Ireland.
Those recognised have gone above and beyond normal standards in public procurement to make real differences to the quality of public services in Northern Ireland.
The full list of winners can be seen below:
GO Procurement Project of the Year
Winner: Translink Fleet Procurement
GO Innovation / Initiative of the Year
Highly Commended: Barclay Communications
Winner: Construction and Procurement Delivery (Supplies & Services Division)
GO Procurement Team of the Year
Highly Commended: Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD) – Procurement Operations Branch
Winner: Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health
GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement – Construction
Highly Commended: Kevin Watson Group (KWG)
Winner: Department for Infrastructure, Graham Farrans Joint Venture, AECOM.
GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement – Services
Highly Commended: Countryside Services Ltd
Winner: Translink and Sword Security
GO Excellence Award
The GO Awards Northern Ireland Excellence Award is unlike all other categories, as it cannot be entered. This category recognises the very best overall submission drawn from each of the winners in this year’s Awards and the winner is chosen by the judges.
Taking home the unique GO Excellence Award was the Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health. When presenting the Award. Holly noted that:
“the winner of the GO Awards Northern Ireland Excellence Award demonstrated an outstanding example of effective, collaborative and high-quality procurement and is well deserving of this prestigious recognition. We believe this submission, like our other winners this afternoon, will stand every chance of further success at the UK National GO Awards in April.”
You can watch our video detailing the highlights of the event here:
National GO Awards
Entry is now closed for this year’s UK National GO Awards; however, all regional GO Awards winners are fast-tracked as finalists into the UK National GO Awards 2019/20, which will take place on 30 April 2019 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.
To find out more visit the UK National GO Awards website.
Our thanks again to our headline sponsor Lyreco, and our category sponsors Buy Social and Farrans.