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MAG awarded CIPS Corporate Certification Standard - Demonstrating Commitment to Procurement Standards

Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • Manchester Airport Group awarded globally-recognised accreditation, CIPS Corporate Certification
  • Procurement function meets world-class professional standards
  • Procurement function on track to be a premier aviation procurement and contracts service provider


15th June 2017 – The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has awarded Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) procurement team with the globally-recognised CIPS Corporate Certification after the team’s extremely professional and positive attitude towards improving their procurement policies and strategies.

Annually MAG serves over 55 million passengers a year across its four UK airports and its Procurement team influence around 85% of the group’s annual spend. MAG’s commitment to training and development is evident in its dedication to achieving high quality accreditations such as the CIPS Corporate Certification Standard.

The CIPS Corporate Certification Standard demonstrates that procurement policies, strategies, procedures and processes meet high-quality professional standards. MAG’s procurement team has excelled in the certification, with the assessor stating that the submission is, “…one of the best seen to date”.

The certificate was received by George Owens, Group Director of Procurement & Contracts; Charlie Cornish, Group Chief Executive; Andrew Harrison, Group Chief Strategy Officer and the Procurement & Contracts Leadership Team. The certificate was presented by Duncan Brock, Director of Customer Relations, CIPS.

Duncan Brock, Director of Customer Relations, CIPS said: “The CIPS Corporate Certification Standard recognises a company’s commitment to procurement. The quality of MAG’s submission in terms of compliant content, style and clarity was exceptional. The team should be extremely proud of themselves.”

George Owens Director, Group Procurement and Contracts, MAG said: “For the Procurement and Contracts team, the process to gain the certification gave us a common focused goal in which everybody has played a part and can be proud of their contribution.

“Gaining CIPS Certification will help us to strive towards our team vision of being recognised as the premier aviation procurement and contracts service provider which will add tangible benefits to our corporate business plan going forward.”

For more information about CIPS and certification: www.cips.org/en-gb/cips-for-business/supply-assurance/certification

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For further information contact:


Grace Poole; CIPS PR Executive; grace.poole@cips.org; +44 (0) 1780 761560

Trudy Salandiak; CIPS PR Manager; trudy.salandiak@cips.org; +44 (0) 1780 761576; 07554 400 731


Louis Blake; MAG Press Office Manager; louis.blake@magairports.com; 07711 574 419

About The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues. CIPS has a global community of over 115,000 in 180 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.


Twitter: @CIPSNews

About MAG:

MAG is the UK’s leading airport group and owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, together with a significant property business. MAG employs over 4,500 people and annually serves over 50 million passengers.

MAG’s strategy is to increase long-term shareholder value by generating profitable growth through the further development of its assets and by offering a high quality user experience for customers using its airports. By achieving this goal, MAG aims to become a global leader in airport management, products and services.

MAG also includes the commercial property division, MAG Property, which has over £640m of investment property assets across its four airports and has a 50% investment in the £800m major Enterprise Zone development, Airport City, at Manchester. In North America, the new MAG USA is looking to work with airports to develop and operate terminal and retail solutions, passenger lounges and car parking facilities.

MAG is managed on behalf of its shareholders who comprise Manchester City Council (35.5%), IFM Investors (35.5%) and the nine other Greater Manchester local authorities (29%).


Twitter: @MAG_PressOffice