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25 March 2014 | Will Green
Organisations at the cutting edge of purchasing have been recognised at the Welsh National Procurement Awards.
The awards, a collaboration between the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies and the Welsh Government, aim to showcase organisations that are innovative and “drive public procurement progress”.
The Public Procurement of Innovation Award was handed to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (CBC) for the way it overhauled its supported living services, delivering savings of £430,000 a year, or 4 per cent of the budget.
The work involved restructuring the £10 million service, which was previously provided by six suppliers, introducing a purchasing card and ending the practice of advance payments.
Procurement of the service, for those with learning disabilities and mental ill health, also included incorporating social clauses such as recruiting from the long-term unemployed.
The judges said: “Using the methods available, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC was able to completely change the procurement logic of a sensitive, complex and costly service, improving their results in economic and social terms. An excellent example of how to achieve quality in public spending.”
The Community Benefits Award went to the City and County of Swansea’s Beyond Bricks and Mortar project, which involves putting social benefit clauses into contracts and working with construction contractors to provide training and job opportunities for target groups.
The Outstanding Contribution Award was handed to Daniel Parry, senior contracts manager at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, a housing association that uses its procurement practices to provide benefits to the local economy, while Wales’ Public Procurement Ambassador Award went to Vince Hanly, service director for procurement at Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, for “developing 21st century procurement strategies”.
The full list of winners was:
• Green Public Procurement Award – Amber Services
• Community Benefits Award – Beyond Bricks and Mortar, City and County of Swansea
• Procurement or Tendering Collaboration Award – Paul Gibson, managing director at Gibson STS
• Most Improved Supplier in Tendering Award – Jackie Boarer, head of contract management at Opinion Research Services
• Procurement Student of the Year Award – Ross Jelf, trainee procurement executive at Welsh Government and City and Council of Swansea
• Wales’ Public Procurement Ambassador Award – Vince Hanly, service director for procurement at Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC
• Outstanding Contribution Award – Daniel Parry, senior contracts manager at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd
• Public Procurement of Innovation Award – Supported Living Services at Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC