21 September 2007 | Antony Barton
E.ON UK has won the top prize in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2007.
The UK's largest integrated power and gas company was presented with the overall award for purchasing by Private Eye magazine editor Ian Hislop at last night's gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The company collected the overall award after winning the gong for best people development initiative earlier in the evening. Its winning project involved the creation of a Procurement Functional Academy, launched in 2005 to equip people with the knowledge and skills for a quality buying function.
Colin Davis, director of supply chain at E.ON, said: "The fact that we've been privileged to win is such a thrill, and it's so motivational to my team."
Other winners on the night included:
Best contribution to CSR: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Best cross-functional teamwork: EDF Energy
Best people development initiative: E.ON UK
Best process improvement initiative: Fujitsu Services
Best purchaser-supplier collaboration: GlaxoSmithKline and VWR International
Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation: Wiltshire Schools Buying Community
Most improved purchasing operation - start-up: North West Collaborative Procurement Hub
Most improved purchasing operation - step change: Cancer Research UK
Best public procurement project: NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
Best use of technology: AstraZeneca
CIPS Young Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year: Steve Tanner, Sellafield
CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year: Vincent Godfrey, HM Prison Service