Welsh National Procurement Awards 2015 launched
Launching the Welsh Procurement Awards 2015, Finance Minister Jane Hutt is encouraging people across Wales to nominate an individual or organisation who has achieved great things in the field of procurement in Wales.
With ten award categories, the Welsh National Procurement Awards – a collaboration between Welsh Government’s Value Wales Division and Bangor University’s Institute for Competitive Studies (ICPS) - will take place on 20 March 2015 at City Hall in Cardiff. The nomination process is now open until 6 February.
The Awards ceremony is a culmination of a week long programme of activities. Procurement week (16-20 March) will take place at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff with a range of international speakers focusing on innovation and public process.
Now in its fourth year, the week long conference will include a career fair on how to recruit, train and retain the best procurement professionals along with days themed around ideas and innovation.
On 18 March 2015, Procurex comes to Wales for the first time in conjunction with the National Procurement Service, Value Walesand Business Wales. The event, which will take place at City Hall, will provide buyers and suppliers with an opportunity to collaborate, showcase innovation and enhance their knowledge and skills.
Both Procurement Week and Procurex are free to attend, registration in advance is necessary.
Jane Hutt said:
“There is much to celebrate within Welsh public sector procurement and the annual Welsh National Procurement Awards are a perfect opportunity to showcase all of the good work taking place. Following an overwhelming number of submissions for the 2014 awards, next year’s awards promise to be even bigger with 10 Awards now available.
“If you know of an individual or an organisation who has achieved great things within Welsh public sector procurement, please take the time to nominate. I am incredibly proud of what Wales has achieved in the field of procurement and by sharing best practice we can continue to build on our successes to date.
“Procurement Week attracts hundreds of delegates and speakers from across the globe and I’m sure next year will be no different. I am also delighted that Procurex is coming to Wales for the first time. Both will provide invaluable opportunities for delegates to come together and find out more about innovation within Welsh public sector procurement.”
Previous Winner of the Procurement or Tendering Collaboration Award 2014, Paul Gibson from Gibson Specialist Technical Services said:
“We were both surprised and delighted to have won the award. We were nominated against several Blue Chip organisations and felt that the award was a welcome recognition of the courage, trust, honesty and skills that several Welsh SMEs showed in sharing best practice to not only deliver a large Welsh Government project on time and on budget, but to truly make a real and sustainable impact on the local community.”
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