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17 November 2011 | Angeline Albert
purchasing proved to be a shining star at last night’s 2011 SOPO Awards, which
honoured public sector procurement staff for purchasing excellence.
Four awards were
given for outstanding achievement in procurement at the gala dinner, hosted at
the Queens Hotel in Leeds by the Societyof Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO).
The Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, which is one of five
public sector purchasing consortiums that are part of the Pro5, won the ‘wider public sector award’ for its
“innovative, flexible and consultative approach” in the establishment of MSTAR
the (Managed Services for Temporary Agency Resources) framework agreement.
The framework was
established to help the wider public sector purchase temporary labour. In its
first five months the framework saved 12 customers around £1.49 million (8 per
cent of total spend).
Suffolk won the ‘county council’ category for a £607
million waste treatment PFI contract for the design, build and operation of a
facility to generate energy. The project will save Suffolk up to £438 million
in cost avoidance during the lifetime of the deal as a result of diverting 95
per cent waste from landfill. It will also produce enough electricity to power
between Coventry CityCouncil,
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council won
the ‘single tier’ (unitary council) award for a joint three-year savings plan
which details their categories and anticipated savings. In the first year of
delivery they surpassed the target of £2.6 million by delivering £7.3 million.
In the first six months of this financial year it delivered £3.7 million
against a target of £2.09 million.
hub of procurement officers from 15 councils in Hampshire picked up the prize
in the ‘non-unitary district/borough council’ category. Judges said their virtual
hub efforts had avoided “a formal shared services hub which required high
levels of investment and restructuring”.