NEUPC Shortlisted for the GO Awards 2017
NEUPC have been shortlisted in two categories of the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2017/18.
Nominated for both “Best Customer Engagement” and “Best Employment Initiative”, our entries outline how we work to engage with our members and meet their business needs.
Best Customer Engagement
Our entry for this award showcases how we work with buyers and end users within our member organisations right from framework conception, through the tendering process to launch and throughout the life-cycle of the framework. Working together we identify opportunities, create future-proofed solutions and minimise risks. Our award entry highlighted two main areas where we feel we actively engage with our members – our Account Management approach and our Procurement Shared Service. These initiatives recognise our members as autonomous complex organisations, with varying needs and timescales. Our account management approach allows our Category managers to understand our members and explore how we can best assist and add value. Taking this further, our Shared Service (launched in 2014) allows our member institutions to benefit from the breadth of knowledge that staff at NEUPC have to offer.
Best Employment Initiative
This new award aims to recognise successes in the creation of employment within public sector procurement. At NEUPC we recognise that employing suitably qualified procurement staff is vital to be able to deliver value for money, but the current skills shortage in the profession makes recruitment a challenge. Our reaction to this, and our entry for the awards, shows how we have expanded our scope of service by creating new talent through a match funded apprenticeship programme and helping to develop skills and opportunities for current staff through CIPS qualifications. Since September 2016, we have enrolled 6 procurement apprentices and 14 CIPS learners.
We’d also like to congratulate two of our members, the procurement teams at the University of Huddersfield and the University of Leicester who have both been shortlisted in one of the “Procurement Team of the Year” categories.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 21 March at a ceremony in Manchester. This follows the Festival of Procurement – Procurex England North.
For more details on the awards please visit www.goawards.co.uk.