Comedian Russell Kane told the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2018 that buyers were the “unsung people behind the scenes”.
Speaking at a lavish ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Kane said the awards were where procurement professionals got recognition.
“You are the people who sort sh*t out for other people,” he said. “The unsung people behind the scenes. This is the event where you get recognised.”
After guests had enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal, Kane described how the British approached an evening out by abstaining from alcohol and staying in all week to “save up your credits of self destruction”.
He compared this to the culture in other European countries where families, including the young and old, are out in town squares late at night on any day of the week.
“Any town where you come from, is it families gathered round at 11 o’clock on a Friday night?” he asked.
“In the British head, going out and not drinking is the same as not attending.”
Kane also had a pop at the conservatism that can encroach on men in middle age. “Men get to a point where the only thing that makes them laugh is an expensive car written off on the side of the M25,” he said.
Cath Hill, chair of judges and group director at CIPS, told the more than 1,000 attendees issues such as Brexit “have put procurement and supply chain in the public eye”.
“We really should be proud of the excellent work we do and our contribution to the success of our organisations,” she said.
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