All the winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London © Alex Deverill
All the winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London © Alex Deverill

Northumbrian Water leads CIPS SM Award winners

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
13 September 2018

Northumbrian Water has claimed overall victory in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2018.

At a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night the great and the good gathered to celebrate the best of the procurement profession.

The utility, which supplies 4.5m people across the northeast and southeast of England, also picked up Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility.

The organisation has been on a journey to redefine how procurement delivers value to the business, providing a competitive advantage and helping the company become the industry leader of sustainable water and waste water services.

The judges were impressed with this approach to corporate responsibility, praising the team’s plan, which pinpointed clear objectives and benefits, and offered some great initiatives.

“An outstanding, first-class piece of work. The procurement team clearly engaged across an array of internal and external stakeholders,” judges said.

The winners in full

Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession



Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility 

Northumbrian Water Group


Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project

Ministry of Justice


Best People Development Initiative

Cabinet Office - Government Commercial Function


Best Process Improvement Initiative

United Utilities


Best Procurement Consultancy Project

Jaguar Land Rover


Best Procurement Diversity Initiative



Best Public Procurement Project

Cornwall Council


Best Supplier Relationship Management

British Steel and Heraeus Electro-Nite (HEN)


Best Third Sector/Not-for-Profit Procurement Project

Together for Sustainability


International Procurement Project

NHS Arden & GEM with NHS England 


Most Improved Procurement Operation - Start Up

A14 Integrated Delivery Team


Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change

Virgin Atlantic


Most Innovative Use of Technology



CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

Karen Moorhouse MCIPS - City of London Corporation


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