CIPS Supply Management Awards now open for entries

The CIPS Supply Management Awards are now open for entries, with a deadline of April 12th.

It is always an excellent evening, September 11th at the Grosvenor House being the date for the diary. There’s a new headline sponsor this year – Airplus, taking over after several years of BravoSolution being in that role. I think Bravo certainly benefitted from their association with the event, but sponsoring events probably has a natural lifespan - growing up, I never associated cricket’s Gillette Cup with razor blades because it had just always been the Gillette Cup as far as I was concerned !

Anyway, Airplus are a corporate charge card provider, with strengths in the travel and related markets. Hays and QinetiQ Commerce Decisions are other returning sponsors.

I would recommend people to consider applying, as long as you have something genuinely good to shout about of course. But bear in mind the number of entries that are now received. Getting to the short list in most categories is genuinely a very good achievement given the competition.

The judges are chaired this year by Gerry Walsh, ex CIPS President. It has usually been the current Vice President of CIPS filling that job,  but I think that role has gone in the new CIPS structure, hence old-timers like Gerry get another chance to hold the entrants competitive lives in his hands...! And no-one better to do that...

There are two new categories this year, which means the ceremony will go on even longer of course. But they’re both interesting ideas. “Procurement Consultancy Project of the Year’ will highlight the contributions made by external advisors to a purchasing project by providing training, advice, recruitment or another service.  (I wonder who on the CIPS Board came up with that idea....)?

And the other is for the most supportive CEO – nominated by their CPO or equivalent.

As Supply Management explains, “Procurement’s CEO of the Year’ will recognise a top executive who has offered help and support to the CPO and their team”.

Now the cynic in me might call that the OBN (order of the brown nose), but of course it is a great opportunity to show your boss just how much you care for him or her.  I’d just hate to be the person however who has to explain to their CEO why they haven’t even got through to the short-list, so personally I wouldn’t have gone near this category with a barge pole when I was in that CPO role!  Interesting idea though – let’s see what happens. It will be fun looking for the very nervous CPOs, plying their Chief Execs with drink on September 11th...


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