Industry honours revamped for 2003

30 January 2003
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30 January 2003

New categories, a different name and a bigger venue are among the changes to the UK purchasing and supply management profession's premier awards for 2003.

The CIPS Supply Management Awards (formerly the Kelly's CIPS Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply) will feature an expanded list of cross-industry subject categories - including most improved purchasing operation, best purchaser-supplier partnership and best use of technology.

And the event has been moved from the Grosvenor House to the London Hilton, Park Lane, to accommodate more guests.

Sponsors and the judging panel for this year's awards, which are being run jointly by CIPS and Supply Management, will be announced shortly.

Chairing the judges will be David Rich-Jones, the institute's vice-president and managing director of Xchanging Procurement Services.

The entry period will open at the end of March and culminate in a black-tie dinner on 30 October.

Last year, a dozen organisations were presented with awards for a wide range of purchasing initiatives. Drinks company Diageo won the overall prize for its procurement leadership development programme, while Tim Ussher of BSkyB and Fiona Little of Hallmark Cards claimed the individual "purchaser of the year" awards.

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