Social enterprise snaps up Welsh award

26 March 2013

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26 March 2013 | Anna Reynolds

Social enterprise Dynamix has won an award for doubling the amount of public sector contracts it has won over the past year.

At the Welsh National Procurement Awards 2013, held on Friday in Deganwy, North Wales, the training and consultation provider bagged the award for ‘most improved supplier’. The award recognises vendors who have improved their chances of winning public sector tenders by adapting to the ‘Winning in Tendering’ tender Review Service or the Welsh Government’s Supplier Development Service.

Amy Sanders, director of Dynamix, said: “With such a thriving social enterprise sector in Wales, we believe that social enterprises succeeding in the procurement awards is a sign that the proportion of services supplied to the public sector by social enterprises is growing.

“The tendering process is an obstacle for some social enterprises and Dynamix is so proud that we have been recognised for the enormous hard work we have invested in order to be able to meet the exacting requirements so that we can compete on an equal playing field.”

The ceremony was hosted by the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS), Bangor University, in collaboration with the Welsh Government.

Other winners on the night included:

● Sustainable Procurement and CSR Award: City and County of Swansea

Welsh Buyer and Supplier Award: Torfaen County Borough Council

Outstanding Procurement Leadership Award: NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Innovation Champion Award: Cardiff Council and Barnardo's Cymru for its Young Commissioners project

Procurement Student of the Year Award: Christopher Edwards, undergraduate studying logistics and supply chain at the University of Glamorgan.

E-Procurement Award: North Wales Procurement Partnership

Procurement Collaboration Award: The Carmarthenshire Construction Framework

Community Benefits Award: RCT Homes Group

There was also an outstanding contribution award for Martin Nicholls, head of corporate building and property services at the City and County of Swansea. Nicholls chaired the group responsible for the report No Turning Back, which has been adopted by the Welsh Government as the Welsh construction procurement strategy for the future.

"I’m pleased to be able to have contributed in a small way to the wider procurement across Wales,” said Nicholls. “It’s also hopefully a sign of the commitment of the public sector to develop innovative and pro-active procurement programmes while working with the supply chain to deliver consistent and transparent practices that maximise social and economic benefits for Wales."

Public sector expert John McClelland and John Hughes, vice chancellor at Bangor University presented the awards.

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