Last week saw over 1,000 procurement professionals descend on the Grosvenor Hotel in London for the 2016 annual CIPS Supply Management Awards. Hosted by Comedian Ed Byrne, the evening was an opportunity to celebrate some fantastic achievements from various teams and individuals.
Heathrow Airport led the way with two awards: Best People Development Initiative and Most Improved Procurement Operation. They also took the overall winner of the night to round off a great year.
In an ever increasing technological industry Kier took the award for Most Innovative Use Of Technology, impressively beating competition from the likes of IBM.
Fusion 21 were awarded with Best Contribution To The Reputation Of Procurement, who have managed to expand their client base by 86% over the last year and thereby generating £56m of community impact and creating more than 2,500 jobs. A wonderful achievement which really illustrates the value that procurement as a function is able to deliver.
Other highlights of the evening went to Jaguar Land Rover for Best-Cross Functional Teamwork Project, Primark for Best Contribution To Corporate Responsibility and Chris Bell of City of London Corporation who picked up the CIPS procurement & Supply Chain Management Professional Of The Year.
Having attended several CIPS Supply Management awards in recent years it has been a pleasure to be present at an event that really celebrates the achievements of an ever growing and developing industry. It is a fantastic occasion and opportunity to really gain inspiration and motivation from the ambition and dedication shown by so many enthused procurement teams and individuals. Moreover, it is a great evening for everyone to relax, network and enjoy the hard work of the previous year.
Well done to all the winners and those involved and we look forward to attending again next year!
For a full list of all the winners and nominees please click here.