Barclays leads shortlist of 37 in purchasing awards

4 August 2004
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05 August 2004

Thirty-seven organisations have been shortlisted for the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2004, which recognise and celebrate purchasing excellence.

In the private sector, financial services companies figure strongly, with Barclays topping the shortlist with four entries for the second year running. Rivals Abbey and Royal Bank of Scotland have been shortlisted twice, as has mobile phone operator O2.

In the public sector, Cambridgeshire County Council, Inland Revenue, HM Prison Service and Fusion 21 - a partnership between seven Merseyside housing associations and Knowsley Council - have two shortlisted entries apiece.

The shortlisted entrants (see full list) will compete head to head for the prestigious winners' trophies in nine team categories, plus an overall prize.

Last year, BT took the top honours for its supply chain corporate responsibility programme from award host, TV comedian Rory Bremner.

Ian Taylor, CIPS vice-president, head of group procurement at HBOS and chair of the judging panel, said: "We had an excellent range of entries from large and small organisations, public and private, and from across the sectors. The shortlist reflects this range well.

"The best entries were a joy to read - short and to the point and demonstrating that they had done something different and were delivering real benefits."

Taylor predicted that the second round of deliberations would be a challenge for the 10 judges, who include procurement leaders from British Airways, Asda-Wal-Mart, Computacenter and the University of Greenwich.

"I think we might have a controversial discussion to agree the winners," he said.

Shortlisted contenders in the two individual award categories for CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year will be announced soon.

The awards are organised by CIPS and Supply Management in association with spend management company Ariba, and are sponsored by Capgemini, Efficio, Hays Purchasing, Kellysearch and QP Group. For more information, visit or call Laura Bounds on 020 7880 6249

The shortlist

Best contribution to corporate responsibility Barclays Property Services Fusion 21 O2 (UK) Best people development initiative Abbey Cambridgeshire County Council GlaxoSmithKline Surrey County Council Best process improvement initiative Barclays Bank (2) Lucent Technologies Newcastle City Council O2 (UK) Best public procurement project Defence Logistics Organisation Department for Work and Pensions Essex County Council HM Prison Service Inland Revenue London Borough of Islington National Assembly for Wales Best purchaser-supplier partnership BAE Systems Barclays Bank Carlsberg UK Eli Lilly and Company Gillette UK HM Prison Service Royal Bank of Scotland Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation Fusion 21 ITT Jabsco Best use of technology Cambridgeshire County Council Devon and Cornwall Constabulary HJ Heinz HSBC NHS Logistics Authority Royal Bank of Scotland Vodafone Most improved purchasing operation Abbey Marsh Metropolitan Police Sanitec Corporation Universal Music Operations WPP Group Most innovative project The Boots Company Inland Revenue Severn Trent Water Taylor Woodrow Construction Telstra Corporation


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