Saturday, August 05, 2006

The CIPS Supply Management Awards 2006

This week the shortlist of finalists was announced for the 2006 CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) Supply Management Awards. Here at Winner's Podium we love a well-run, meaningful and well-publicised awards scheme and the CIPS awards are an excellent example. Established in 2003, the awards seek to celebrate and reward excellence in the field of purchasing and supply. As they are organised by the CIPS, they have the effect of consolidating this body as the de facto authoritative organisation to represent and champion the purchasing and supply profession. The awards also help to promote and maintain interest in the group's fortnightly magazine, Supply Management, which is jointly running the awards. In 2005 the final awards ceremony attracted an audience of over 900 people. The 2006 ceremony will take place at the London's Park Lane Hilton on 26th October, where the winners of 10 team and two individual categories will be announced and awards trophies presented. The shortlist for these categories was announced this week, after the judging panel considered some 160 entries. Speaking about this year's submissions, Gerry Walsh, CIPS vice-president and chair of the judging panel, said: "The judges were delighted with the quality of the entries. The standard seems to have gone up again this year". Which is a nice progression for such a recent awards scheme. As with many successful industry awards schemes, the CIPS Supply Management Awards have lined up a number of sponsors. For the 2006 awards, the headline sponsor is Ariba - who receive the bonus of having their own logo incorporated with the special 2006 awards logo. Two previous sponsors, Hays Purchasing & Supply and Atos Consulting, both continue their support of the awards. Two further sponsors, The Office of Government Commerce and RS, are first-time sponsors for the awards.