05 September 2008 | Paul Snell
Homeserve has won the top prize in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2008.
The home emergency and repair service company was presented with the overall award for purchasing by comedian Michael McIntyre at last night's gala dinner and ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The company collected the overall award after winning most improved purchasing operation - step change earlier in the evening.
For the winning project, the procurement team increased its contribution to profitability by more than 400 per cent, by replacing its fragmented purchasing with a more structured and methodical approach.
Other winners on the night included:
Best contribution to CSR: Sellafield
Best cross-functional teamwork: BAE Systems Air Military Solutions
Best people development initiative: Ministry of Defence
Best process improvement initiative: Environment Agency
Best purchaser-supplier collaboration: Cancer Research and Williams Lea
Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation: British Ceramic Tile
Most improved purchasing operation - start-up: De La Rue
Most improved purchasing operation - step change: Homeserve
Best public procurement project: Defence Equipment and Support Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Best use of technology: Cambridgeshire County Council
International purchasing project of the year: PZ Cussons
CIPS Young Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year: Tilly Harvey-Godfrey, AXA
CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year: Steve Morgan, Sellafield
* Full details of all the 2008 CIPS SM award winners will appear in the 2 October issue of SM