The GO Awards team caught up with Craig Brewin, Head of Commissioning – Adult Social Care – at Slough Borough Council (SBC). The council were winners at the UK National GO Awards in 2017, taking home the winner’s trophy for the GO Procurement Innovation / Initiative of the Year Award – Buyer – Local & Central, which was sponsored by NWG Business.
Up against some serious competition from across the whole of the UK, SBC were deserved winners with their value-based approach to procurement.
With the UK National GO Awards 2018/19 taking place at Hilton Deansgate Manchester on Tuesday 24 April 2018, we wanted to find out more on how it feels to win a coveted GO Award…
Why did you decide to enter the UK National GO Awards?
It was part of an overall strategy to share our learning. We have also been presenting our work at conferences and in professional journals. We all work for the public sector, and if we successfully innovate in a way that that could be potentially disruptive within the sector then we feel that there is a professional obligation to share it. We all face the same financial pressures and are all striving to improve our impact on the community.
Congratulations once more on your success at the 2017 Awards, can you please tell us more about your winning procurement initiative.
It was the development of a value based approached to procurement that encouraged innovation in the bidding process and improved contestability.
What was your personal highlight of the event?
Winning. Despite all the other benefits of entering, you do need to be trying to win.
How did winning a GO Award benefit your organisation?
One of our organisational values is “innovation”, so getting a public acknowledgement that we are living this value has had an impact well beyond the procurement function itself. It is helping to support the overall development of the culture of the organisation as a whole, encouraging a pioneering spirit. Slough Borough Council has amazing staff who do amazing things every day. Sometimes we just need to pause and acknowledge that ourselves.
Why should an organisation enter the UK National GO Awards 2018/19?
If you are testing suppliers through competition then it makes sense to also test yourself. If you are reviewing your work and identifying the benefits realised, then it isn’t too difficult to turn that into an award entry. And if you aren’t doing that, then writing up an award entry is a good way to start. It is also a very good way of developing your ability to write up complex things concisely, which is a very important skill. The entry is never wasted. The text usually makes it into another document somewhere.
*The UK National GO Awards 2018/19 and the GO Awards Northern Ireland accept entries from public, private and third sector organisations.
You can enter either or both of the Awards here.
Be quick though, entry to the GO Awards Northern Ireland closes at midday on Friday 9 February (Extended deadline). Entry to the National Awards closes at 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.