CIPS SM Procurement Awards tonight!

Like the international jet setter I am (seat 78E, wedged between two plus-sized American creationist tourists no doubt),  I should by the time you read this have jetted back into London Town for tonight's CIPS Supply Management Awards (in association with BravoSolution). It's a  glittering evening, when the leaders of our profession don their dinner jackets, ball gowns, clean underwear and pearl necklaces – in some cases, all four– and descend like a flock of starving meerkats on the unsuspecting Grosvenor House Hotel in London's quaint, cobbled Park Lane.

I will be there, live Tweeting from the event, assuming I don't fall asleep in the soup, so if your miserable CPO wouldn't buy you a ticket, and you want the latest news, then follow us on Twitter at @gpetersmith. (If you're not familiar with Twitter, it is free to join and use and pretty simple really – see here for why you maybe should).

On a serious note, and I've probably said this before, but we should always thank Peter Williams - CIPS President around the turn of the Millennium -  who came up with the idea of the Awards and steadfastly promoted the event through scepticism from other CIPS leaders (including me). “It'll never work” I said, showing the great judgement that I've mentioned before in terms of my investment choices....

And now we have 1,000 people at the event, and Miranda Hart presenting the prizes. It's a reflection of the increased confidence and profile of the procurement profession, but the Awards themselves have played an important part in developing that profile.

Anyway, as well as the Tweets, Spend Matters will also be reporting here on the event through the hangover tomorrow, with all the news, gossip, and scandal from before, during and after the awards presentation.

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