25 April 2002 | Robin Parker
Cross-industry purchasing skills are to be recognised in three new categories in the fourth annual Kelly's CIPS Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply.
There are eight categories for the 2002 awards across all industries presented in association with SM. There are also six categories for specific industries.
Presentations will be given out for the first time for best ethical purchasing initiative, best international or global project and most improved purchasing operation.
Initiatives that demonstrate a strong partnership with suppliers, use of e-procurement, effective people development and good procurement practice at small and medium-sized enterprises will also be recognised.
The six sector-specific categories cover procurement in central government; local government, health and education; manufacturing and engineering; utilities, construction and telecommunications; financial and professional services; and general and retail services.
The awards, which are being sponsored by AllStar Purchasing, Accenture, Ariba and the QP Group, will be handed out at a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, on 6 November.
Last year, the North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust's partnership with outsourcing specialist SureStock won both the overall prize and an award for the best health purchasing initiative.
Andy McCann, head of purchasing and supply at SureStock, said the award had raised procurement's profile in the trust and boosted team morale.
CIPS will present a special award recognising the Purchasing and Supply Professional of the Year and a second prize for outstanding purchasers under the age of 30.
Entries are to be submitted by the end of July.
• For more information about the awards, call 0800 521 393 or visit our awards page by clicking here