CIPS SM Awards – results, procurement news and all the gossip that’s fit to print…

Last night's CIPS SM Awards was another success, with Rory Bremner just about staying the right side of sarcasm, a high-quality dessert (and two other courses), a good atmosphere and an excellent set from the Front Covers, featuring two of our professional colleagues.  They are  a very talented covers band, well up to the standard of many bands who playi full-time and professionally.  I have a vague memory of being provoked to wave my arms and legs around by their killer version of 'Word Up' by Cameo (one of the greatest party records of all time).

Well done to everyone who won, including Premier Foods / British Sugar who won the overall award, and let's hope that the sponsors such as BravoSolution, Hays, QinetiQ and Amex felt they got something out of it as they're a key part of supporting the event.

As we said previously, the short list for the Purchaser of the Year was the strongest ever, so particular congratulations to Ian Bolger. And our Young Purchaser of the Year has great hair – I was very jealous (of his youth, his talent and his hair).

The full list of winners is below but a few other highlights;

  1. Which senior procurement executive has obviously mastered the art of being in two places at one time, being listed in the programme under two different job titles on two separate tables?

  2. The reception for the Caravan Club was amazing – they obviously struck some deep-seated emotion in the crowd and got the biggest cheer of the night when their nomination was read out. BDR Thermea were then booed for winning the category and denying the Club their big moment!

  3. The Defence Storage and Distribution Agency prize was collected by a gentleman in the uniform of the Logistics Core who looked like he could probably defeat the entire Taliban in hand to hand combat on his own … impressive! (Rory Bremner very noticeably did not take the p**s out of him!)

  4. The Best Wine Served at a Table Award went for the 49th year in succession to The Buying Team for a cheeky little 2003 Claret...

  5. The Front Covers' encore, Mustang Sally, featured a glamorous impromptu backing chorus including eminent professionals such as Ms Wilber and Ms Gibbs. Rumours of a 4- CD deal with a multi-million £ advance were rife... Meanwhile, a very nice pink chiffon scarf was modelled beautifully by one of our recent (very male) CIPS Presidents....


The public sector did less well than it has in some recent years, and there was generally a good split of winners across a pretty wide range of sectors.


Supplier Relationship M'mgment  - Premier Foods / British Sugar

Corporate Responsibility  - Allied Bakeries

Cross Functional Teamwork  - Axa UK

People Development  - Defence Storage & Distribution Agency

Most Improved (Start-Up) -  BDR Thermea

Most Improved ( Step Change) -  Co-operative Group

Best Public Project  - Surrey County Council

International Project -  Jaguar Land Rover

Young Professional  - Stephen Harratt

Professional of the Year  - Ian Bolger

OVERALL WINNER Premier Foods / British Sugar

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  1. David Smith:

    An excellent report on a fun evening that was particularly well attended and has the best ‘atmosphere’ at the SM Awards that I can remember for many a year (….as Russ Abbott once sang!!!!).

    I can confirm that former President Smith did indeed wave virtually everything that still moved to Cameo’s Word Up and will wear a Red Cod Piece (in Cameo style) should the ocassion ever arise again.

    The 4 CD deal will become a reality should TFC be able to sell two more!

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