Glitz, glamour and a photo-taking black cab. That’s what the attendees at last night’s CIPS Supply Management Awards got, and they certainly made sure to enjoy it. The duck dinner was fine, as was the wine, and personally I think the vegetarians got the best deal when it came to the starter.
The compère for the evening was comedian and actor Miles Jupp and what he lacked in understanding of the procurement profession, he made up for with his wit. To paraphrase a highlight that got a big laugh: “The UK Border Agency are here tonight, don’t worry, we made them wait in line for a while before letting them in.”
Those on our table played an amusing game called ‘Will LOCOG win?’. Despite being nominated in a number of categories, it appeared that although buying the medals that hung around the necks of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and David Weir, the LOCOG team might end up without a prize of their own. But like British paralympian Richard Whitehead, Gerry Walsh came through at the end to take the award for CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year to give LOCOG some well deserved recognition.
Bizarrely there were two supply chain events at the Grosvenor Hotel last night. But having briefly gatecrashed the other by accident for a few minutes I can categorically say that those at the CIPS Supply Management bash got a better night.
Congratulations to all of last night’s victors and a hearty well done to those who made the shortlist. It may be a year away, but I’m already looking forward to the next one.