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Best of Welsh Public Procurement Celebrated at National Awards Ceremony


The best in Welsh public procurement have been named at a glittering national awards ceremony this week (Thursday 9 November) as Wales’ annual Festival of Procurement came to a close for 2017.

The Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards were held at the Mercure Holland House in Cardiff to recognise and celebrate the success of public, private and third sector organisations which strive for procurement excellence and innovation in Wales; one of the leading countries in the world for best practice procurement.

The judging panel was made up of experts in procurement from across the UK, including Umar Hussain MBE, Chief Financial Officer, South Wales Police; Sue Moffatt, Commercial Director, Welsh Government and Chair, National Procurement Service (NPS); and Mark Roscow MBE, Director of Procurement Services, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership.

Cardiff-based print management and reward solutions company iCOM Works Ltd took home the Best Business award for its service providing a complete range of rewards and benefits for employees within the Welsh public sector. iCOM Works provides a secure, easy-access portal to organisations including the NHS and Welsh Government called the Reward Hub, where all the chosen benefits can be accessed by the employee.  Dave Baker, Managing Director of iCOM Works Ltd said: “We would definitely recommend any business to apply for the GO Awards Wales. It feels great to be recognised for the great product that we know we have!”

NWSSP Procurement Services picked up the prestigious Team of the Year Award. The Bridgend-based team is responsible for ordering, storage, receipt and distribution of fast-moving consumable products at regional warehouses and local stores across all Welsh Health Boards and Trusts.

Sara Taylor, Head of Supply Chain Systems at NWSPP said:

“It feels amazing to win the GO Procurement Team of the Year Award. We are over the moon! I can’t say any more than that … For anyone who is thinking of applying to this award ceremony next year do it! I say that because we have always thought about applying but have never done it and we have won an award! This is the best forum to display what your organisation is doing for the supply yet”

Swansea Council won the Procurement Innovation / Initiative Award for Local Government, Welsh Government & Housing for its Beyond Bricks and Mortar strategy. Beyond Bricks and Mortar has become a key economic regeneration policy to place community benefit clauses into all contracts, helping to fulfil the Council’s aspiration to increase work and training opportunities for people living in the most deprived wards.

NHS Wales Informatics Service, based in Cardiff, won the Leading Procurement Practice Award

The service is the national organisation delivering technology and digital services for modern patient care and was recognised for a specific strategy in improving the software licensing system in different NHS organisations.

The Welsh Government’s National Procurement Service won the Sustainable Procurement Award. The National Procurement Service for Wales has been set up to enable the Welsh public sector to collaborate more closely in procuring goods and services, and brings together public sector purchasing power of over £1bn. Working with stakeholders, NPS set up an all-Wales energy group, meaning the Welsh public sector now has access to fully renewable electricity, and also contributes to the development and increase of future renewable and local generation projects.

The Office for National Statistics, which has its headquarters in Newport, won the Infrastructure Project of the Year Award for its new modern collaborative Data Science Campus, which will act as hub for the whole of the UK public and private sectors to gain practical advantage from the increased investment in data science research. Created from the renovation of a 1970s building, the campus was designed so everyone could use it to analyse large amounts of data for the public good, and was finished three months early. Housing 70 data scientists, the ONS Data Science Campus has already worked with Welsh charity Llamau, and also hosts regular ‘digital Friday’ events for the general public.

The Innovation/Initiative Award in Health and Social Care went to NWSSP Procurement Services – Commissioning and the National Collaborative Commissioning Unit. The team, based at Companies House in Cardiff, was recognised for establishing and delivering a Framework Agreement with external providers of publicly funded care to ensure the provision of effective services for vulnerable groups with mental health and/or learning disabilities.

Speaking on behalf of the GO Awards Wales judging panel, Chair Grahame Steed said:

“The panel were impressed by the innovation shown in this year’s submissions into the GO Awards Wales 2017/18. They reflect the increasingly complex world of public procurement, and the strong progress that Wales is making in this area. The Awards are helping to create a new benchmark for standards and all of the finalists – and especially the winners – should be commended for their work.”

Sponsors for this year’s GO Awards Wales included Network Rail, Capita Software Services, Softcat, Arvato Bertelsmann, Stannah 150 and Centerprise International.

Previous winners at the awards include Carmarthenshire County Council, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and Wales and West Utilities.


GO Awards Wales – GO Best Business Award (Suppliers, service providers and contractors working with the Welsh public sector)

  • Winner: iCOM Works Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Aspyre Training and Communication Services Ltd

GO Awards Wales – GO Infrastructure Project of the Year Award

  • Winner: Office for National Statistics

GO Awards Wales – GO Leading Procurement Practice Award

  • Winner: NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • Highly Commended: NWSSP Procurement Services – Commissioning Team

GO Awards Wales – GO Procurement Innovation / Initiative Award – Health, Social Care & Other

  • Winner: NWSSP Procurement Services – Commissioning and the National Collaborative Commissioning Unit
  • Highly Commended: NHS Wales Informatics Service

GO Awards Wales – GO Procurement Innovation / Initiative Award – Local Government, Welsh Government & Housing

  • Winner: Swansea Council
  • Highly Commended: Newport Norse Ltd
  • Highly Commended: Welsh Government (Entry Fisheries Enforcement Assets Replacement)

GO Awards Wales – GO Procurement Team of the Year Award

  • Winner: NWSSP Procurement Services
  • Highly Commended: Welsh Government

GO Awards Wales – GO Sustainable Procurement Award

  • Winner: National Procurement Service – Welsh Government