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NPS wins prestigious CIPS award

NPS wins prestigious CIPS award

NPS has won the award for the ‘Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up’ category at the annual Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Supply Management Awards, 9 September 2015.

Facing stiff opposition from a shortlist including Baywater Healthcare,, England Rugby 2015, Jaguar Land Rover, London Stock Exchange Group, and Telefonica UK Ltd (Unify), NPS emerged victorious at this prestigious event.

The Judges said, “The National Procurement Service for Wales is an excellent example of an innovative public sector buying organisation. From a standing start the NPS has delivered significant savings, community benefits, employment and use of SME’s.”

Congratulating NPS on their success, Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt said: “I am delighted that the work of the National Procurement Service has been recognised at the prestigious Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Supply Management Awards. At a time of increasing budget pressures, the National Procurement Service is playing a vital role in generating annual savings on common and repetitive spend across the public sector in Wales.

“It has already generated £9.97m of cashable savings and through community benefits is also providing valuable training opportunities and boosting the Welsh economy. This award is testament to the start up success of NPS and is yet another example of our pioneering approach to public procurement in Wales.”

The NPS has delivered significant savings for its customers whilst ensuring all contracts and frameworks embed the key principles of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement. Community benefits are required on all contracts over £5m, including suppliers offering training and internships, funding community programmes, and sub-contracting to supported businesses.

The CIPS Supply Management Awards celebrate excellence and exceptional examples of best practice, providing a comprehensive look at the most innovative companies and individuals in the profession.

Visit CIPS Supply Management Awards 2015 to view a full list of 2015 winners.