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17 July 2020


UK National GO Awards 2020 Online

With the highly anticipated UK National GO Awards delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, this year’s event instead took place in an innovative new online format on 17 July. While the event was virtual the recognition of the outstanding Awards entries and the stories behind them were very real.

Even before COVID-19, public procurement across the UK was rapidly evolving as part of its transformation and playing a vital role within the delivery of public services. Now, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the stakes are even higher. Procurement is front page news, and as the crisis evolves into something resembling normality, public service delivery will be at the forefront of economic recovery.

That’s why the UK National GO Awards matter now more than ever. It’s right to recognise the tireless work and endeavor that underpins the delivery of critical public services; to showcase the innovation and ingenuity that ensures public spend creates lasting social and economic benefit; and to mark the extensive collaborations and partnerships that exist across supply chains. Recognition matters – not just as an appreciation of a job well done, but to share best practice and raise standards still further.

Co-hosted by BBC Northern Ireland presenter Holly Hamilton and renowned magician Paul Martin – and with an official welcome from Simon Tse, Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service –  this year’s event announced 20 Highly Commended awards and 17 category winners with entries from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each category winner went onto become a finalist for the GO Excellence Award – recognising the very best of the best in this year’s submissions.

The event also featured presentations from procurement leaders across the United Kingdom including:

  • Brendan Smyth – Construction & Procurement Delivery Northern Ireland
  • Nick Ford – Scottish Government
  • Dean Medcraft, Director of Finance, Operations and Commercial – Welsh Government

Grahame Steed, Lead Judge for the GO Awards Programme said:

The GO Awards have long recognised outstanding achievement and innovation in public procurement. While COVID-19 meant we couldn’t hold the Awards as planned in April, we have also innovated by delivering a full Awards programme in an online and interactive environment, thanks in no small part to our many sponsors and partners.

We’re delighted with the quality of the submissions this year and to have winners from every nation in the UK shows great strength in depth – so well done to them, and to all of the finalists. A particular well done to the DVLA for taking the highly coveted GO Excellence Award too.”

Watch Ceremony on Demand

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