Wales’ Festival of Procurement takes place on Thursday, 9 November 2017. The day begins at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff with Procurex Wales 2017 and climaxes in the evening with the return of the GO Awards Wales 2017/18, taking place at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel. In anticipation of this year’s GO Awards, we catch up with one of last year’s Highly Commended recipients, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.
Well done on last year’s success at the inaugural GO Awards Wales – can you tell us what categories you were successful in?
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd were successful in the GO Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government & Housing and GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award categories.
Can you please give more detail about the procurement initiative that brought you this success?
The basis of our Innovation / Initiative of the Year Award was the restructure of the procurement function following the successful completion of the WHQS improvement works.
Our Procurement Leadership of the Year Award centred on the implementation of CCG’s Procurement Strategy.
What did it mean to your organisation to win a GO Award?
The GO Awards are a prestigious event where the competition is high, so to be recognised as an innovative and high-performing team among our peers is a testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work of all of the staff at CCG.
Have you used your success to develop your team or department over the past year? If so, how?
CCG’s procurement team have built upon the success of last year’s GO Awards by developing even more innovative and collaborative approaches to procurement. We have used the success to further raise the profile of procurement within the organisation, supporting this with a series of training sessions. Also, it has been an incentive for other organisations to collaborate with us on joint procurements, delivering even greater value to our tenants and stakeholders.
Why do you think the GO Awards matter for the procurement sector? Would you encourage other organisations to enter this year?
The GO Awards are a showcase for everything that is good about procurement within the public sector. It is a great opportunity to benchmark against your peers and to identify best practices from other organisations in different sectors, such as housing, health and local government.
Are there any changes you would like to see in the GO Awards?
The return of a Collaboration Award and a Community Benefit Award.