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Winners announced at National GO Awards 2016/2017

Winners for National GO Awards 2016/17 announced this week.

The Winners and Highly Commended entrants for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17 celebrated their achievements at the sparkling Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Tuesday.

The sell-out event was hosted by TV presenter Sarah Heaney, who led the way in the grand finale to the National GO Awards’ biggest ever event, which demonstrated in style just how much the GO Awards have evolved over the past few years.

The GO Awards supported the Realising Dreams Foundation – a registered charity, set up by BiP Solutions in 2014. The Realising Dreams Foundation helps to remove barriers for children and young people so they can achieve their full potential, expand their horizons and exceed their own ambitions.

Opening the black tie event, Grahame Steed, Managing Editor of GO and Chair of the Judging Panel said: “This was our third year back in Manchester and what a truly tremendous night it’s been! The standard of submissions and amount of entries was staggering, so much so that we had to increase the number of award categories on the night to cater for the huge number of sectors involved. Well done to everyone involved this year, you really were testing yourself against the best of the best!”

Sally Collier, Chief Executive Officer at the Crown Commercial Service said that “procurement is the lynch pin in devolution”. She was a passionate member of the panel of judges, made up of experts in the UK procurement and commissioning which included Ainslie McLaughlin, Director of Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government.

UK Construction Media were proud to be a sponsor at the event.

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The evening saw Horsham District Council win the GO Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award and The City of Edinburgh Council won GO Contract Management Initiative of the Year Award and GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia.

The GO Small Business/ Third Sector Engagement Initiative of the Year Award was won by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who have an excellent reputation for delivering high quality patient care.

Peterborough City Council won the GO Best Service Award – Health and Social Care, and MAP Chartered Surveyors took the award for GO Best Service Award.

Other winners included Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire County Council – Homecare, Scotland Excel, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Crown Commercial Service, and STAR Procurement.

The Hilton was home to an abundance of laughter and applause, and a true celebration of the very best that public sector procurement has to offer as a career, as a market sector and, most importantly, as a means of delivering more efficient and effective public services.