CIPS SM Awards – start thinking about your entry

Entries are now open for the 2012 CIPS Supply Management Awards, the “Oscars of the Procurement World” as we like to think of them. A glittering night of champagne, humour, excitement and (we hope) the Front Covers driving us all onto the dance floor...

Lead sponsor for the third year is BravoSolution, with Hays, QinetiQ Commerce Decisions and MasterCard also supporting the event. Closing date for entries is Friday April 13th.

I’d thoroughly recommend you think about entering, with the caveat that there are loads of good entries, so you have to be prepared for disappointment. Remember, even getting short-listed is impressive these days given the strength and volume of competition. But actually writing up your project or achievements in a coherent and well presented form is not a bad discipline anyway, and the resulting document has been used successfully by some organisations as an internal “selling procurement” tool, which seems like a good idea.

The event itself is also highly recommended, although last year’s seemed a touch subdued compared to previous. What we like to see is the amazing reception the Caravan Club got the year they were shortlisted – I don’t know what it was, but the whole audience just seemed to feel very well disposed towards that organisation... perhaps you had to be there!

The current edition of Supply Management and the website here have excellent tips and guidance if you are entering, so you should read that before you start. Having been a judge in the past, I looked for strong content and tangible results -  presented in a lively and interesting manner.  The judges are smart enough to see through a content-light, PR-heavy entry. However, you can have a great story but if it is presented in a dull and boring manner, it may not get noticed amongst many other strong entries.

Good luck, and hope to see many of you at the Grosvenor House in September!

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