Supplier relationships recognised by Royal Mint

1 July 2011

3 July 2011 | Rebecca Ellinor

Around 200 people gathered at The Vale Hotel in Wales on Thursday night for the Royal Mint supplier awards – the first held in its 1,100-year history.

The ‘working together’ programme launched in January 2010 and the accompanying awards mark the latest stage in the transformation of procurement at the Royal Mint from a transactional to world-class organisation.

Introducing the awards, Gail Roberts, head of supply chain and procurement, said: “I have hosted many events of this kind but none have made me feel as proud as I do now because of the sheer scale of the transformation and journey we have undertaken as a business and a supply chain team. Suppliers are integral to the success of this journey. We still have some way to go, but this is about recognising our achievements to date.”

A total of 42 suppliers entered the awards programme. Numbers were then whittled down to three or four nominees in each category.

Winners in the six categories were:

• Working in partnership – Cookson

• Most innovative – Tata Steel

• Contractor of the year – Cliden Consultants

• Best annual performance from a direct materials supplier – Zenith Print and Packaging

• Best annual performance from a goods and services supplier – Royal Mail

• Zenith also scooped the sixth and final category – the supplier of the year

Each award was allocated based on qualitative and quantitative performance measures. The former covered participation and how proactive they were within the supplier development programme, while the latter covered delivery, cost, quality and service. The Royal Mint established weighted criteria with which to judge the suppliers and incorporated 360-degree feedback from end users and key stakeholders in the business.

Presenting the awards, Royal Mint CEO Adam Lawrence said: “We set ourselves some tough goals and high expectations for this programme for our own internal development as well as the impact on out supplier base. To date it’s been a huge success and next year will be even bigger and better.”

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