11 May 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie
This year's CIPS Supply Management Awards attracted record entries - with a jump in the number of newcomers to the profession keen to make their mark.
The prestigious event attracted 197 entries this year across the 11 team categories and two individual categories, up from 188 last year.
The most popular category was again most improved purchasing operation - step-change, with 28 entrants. The area with the biggest rise was the best contribution to corporate responsibility, up by more than 50 per cent to 19 from 12 a year earlier.
Both individual categories got more applicants, with numbers in the CIPS Young Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year jumping to 11 from seven a year earlier. Event manager Rachel Baker said the "need to impress" in the recession could be behind the increase.
She said the introduction of online entry this year made the process more user-friendly.
Winners will be unveiled at the gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on 9 September.