Awards branch out into new areas

5 April 2000
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06 April 2000

Four new categories have been added to the second annual Kelly's Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply, which are launched today.

This year entries are being invited from the retail, financial services and construction sectors, as well as from smaller businesses. These categories are in addition to those covering manufacturing, services, utilities, education, central government and its agencies, and local government.

The awards, which are organised by Kelly's Directories in association with CIPS, sponsored by Visa Purchasing and supported by Infobank and Supply Management, were established to recognise innovative and successful projects in the purchasing and supply chain arena.

BOC Gases won the overall prize at last year's inaugural awards for the way it restructured its fleet management operations. Other category winners included Northern Ireland Electricity, Royal & SunAlliance/Ernst & Young, BT, the Environment Agency and manufacturing firm Alfatronix.

John Needell, supply manager at BOC Gases, said last year's win had benefited the company in two ways. "It has been useful publicity, as well as very good internally, because it shows the benefit of supply management and the breadth it can bring to some projects."

The win had also been positive from a working perspective, as it showed the division was "active and inventive and at the leading edge of supply management techniques", said Needell, who joins the judging panel for this year's awards.

Peter Williams, director of group procurement at WPP Group, president of CIPS and chair of the judging panel, said the awards aim to promote best practice across a range of sectors. "We were very pleased with last year's response," he said. "We're hoping to build on this success and attract even more entries this year, including some focusing on e-procurement."

The 10 category winners and overall winner of this year's awards will be presented with their trophies at a black-tie dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 1 November.

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