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Deadline approaching for the UK National GO Awards

UK National GO Awards logo

There’s still time to submit your entry for the UK National GO Awards before the deadline of Friday 1st March.

The GO Awards celebrate the best in public procurement from throughout the UK, recognising contributions from the public, private and third sectors. Entering the awards gives you the opportunity to raise your profile, share best practice with your peers, and have your organisation’s procurement success story recognised. Learn more and enter the awards here.

As well as the prestige of a nomination, there’s the networking opportunities afforded by the GO Awards presentation ceremony. Whether you are a supplier to or a buyer for the public sector, the GO Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate procurement excellence, gain best practice insight and meet fellow procurement professionals at the networking opportunity of the year. Taking place on the evening of Procurex National, 30th April, the exclusive, black-tie UK National GO Awards ceremony will be held this year at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

Grahame Steed, Business Intelligence and eSourcing Director at BiP Solutions, said of the awards:

 It’s hard to believe that the submissions deadline for the National UK GO Awards is so near – 1st March, in case you don’t have it in your diary. With so much change happening across the public sector, the recognition of consistent excellence and best practice is more important than ever before. We’re looking forward to once again recognising and celebrating progress across the entire public sector supply chain, culminating with the Awards ceremony on 30th April. I urge all organisations across the public sector – and those working with them – to take the time to enter these Awards.

To view all the categories of awards, learn more and submit your entry today, click here.

To find out more about BiP Solutions, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 – Finalists Announced

The finalists for the GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 have been announced.

Celebrating the best in all areas of public procurement, the GO Awards Northern Ireland, now in their second year, recognises the special contribution names from across the public, private and third sectors have made to the Northern Irish procurement landscape. BiP Solutions would like to congratulate everyone who has made it to the final stages of this year’s competition.

The winners will be announced at an exclusive lunch reception at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th March.

This year’s finalists were chosen by the GO Awards Northern Ireland Judging Panel, made up of key figures from across UK procurement. BiP Solutions would like to thank all members of the Panel for their time. The full list of finalists is below.

Grahame Steed, Business Intelligence and eSourcing Director at BiP Solutions, said of the awards:

The GO Awards for Northern Ireland are evolving very well. Despite being in only their second year, we have seen a good range of nominations from across the public sector supply chain and across the country. We’re confident that these Awards will continue to grow in future, and become firmly established as part of the successful overall GO Awards programme.

Finalists 2019/20

GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement Award – Construction (sponsored by Buy Social)

  • Kevin Watson Group
  • Fox Building and Engineering, White Young Green
  • GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust & Central Procurement Directorate
  • Department for Infrastructure, Graham Farrans Joint Venture, AECOM
  • Farrans Construction
  • FP McCann Ltd, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Department for Communities

GO Buy Social/Sustainable Procurement Award – Services (sponsored by Buy Social)

  • Countryside Services Ltd
  • G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Ltd
  • Translink and Sword Security
  • BT Northern Ireland & partner TerraQuest
  • DoF Construction & Procurement Delivery and Premiere People

GO Procurement Innovation/Initiative of the Year Award

  • Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD)
  • Barclay Communications
  • Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD) – Procurement Operations Branch
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council
  • Clonallon Laboratories Ltd and DeRoyal

GO Procurement Project of the Year Award

  • Translink
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council
  • Northern Ireland Water

GO Procurement Team of the Year Award

  • Translink-  Future Ticketing System (TFTS)
  • Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD) – Procurement Operations Branch
  • Procurement & Logistics Service (a subsidiary of the Business Services Organisation) partnering with all Health and Social Care Trusts and the Department of Health
  • CPD Supplies and Services Division
  • Local Government Procurement Group
  • Northern Ireland Water
  • Translink –  Procurement Team

For more information on BiP Solutions, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

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.