10 July 2009 | Paul Snell
Berkshire Consultancy has won the Home Office's 2009 supplier of the year award.
At the department's second annual Supplier Value Awards the SME beat off competition from 80 other vendors to be declared the overall winner at last night's ceremony.
Berkshire, a medium-sized consultancy, won the "best example of collaborative working" award, before picking up the top prize for its work assisting the UK Border Agency North West region in the provision and enforcement of asylum services.
The company delivered a return on investment of five times in 12 months. "That's the kind of value we like to see from our suppliers," said Home Office commercial director John Collington.
Winners in other categories at the awards included -
• Most beneficial contribution to a project or programme - Fujitsu Services
• Most beneficial contribution to sustainability - Angel London
• Best example of performance improvement - Teleperformance
• Most beneficial contribution by a small/medium enterprise - NQC
• Most beneficial contribution by third sector organisation - Remploy
The event also saw Collington reveal the results of the latest annual survey of the group's vendors. The independent study found 94 per cent of suppliers thought their relationship with the department was good or very good, up from 62 per cent 12 months ago.
"The results really emphasise from our suppliers just how far we have come over the past two years and that is a consequence of the effort we have out into supplier management and supplier engagement," he said.
The department's permanent secretary, Sir David Normington, said he was extremely pleased with the results, but both buyers and suppliers would have to work more effectively together in the future.
"It's going to get tougher, you know that, and we've been getting a bit tougher with you," he said. "We need more value from our contracts the financial environment is going to be tighter so making these relationships work in the best way possible is more and more important so we can squeeze every last bit of value from the contracts and relationships we have."
He also paid tribute to Collington's transformation of the commercial function. "I should just say publicly how important John has been to the way successes have been achieved, and the way the department has really moved on in its commercial and procurement work and I am personally extremely grateful to him. The work that he has done been a very important part of our overall improvement in the Home Office."