PROACTIS Clients Win National Procurement Awards

PROACTIS, a global Spend Control and eProcurement specialist, is delighted that its clients Cardiff City Council and Caerphilly County Borough Council have won at the recent Welsh National Procurement Awards held at Cardiff City Hall, in collaboration with The Welsh Government and Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies.
Cardiff City Council won the Innovation through Procurement Award category: 
  • The City of Cardiff Council spends more than £20 million each year with the independent sector on the provision of Domiciliary Care – this equates to 35,000 hours of care each week
  • The Council had previously awarded a framework to 11 providers in 2010, however, a member-led “fairer deal” taskforce review in 2013 determined the council did not want to let another “restrictive” framework or block contract
  • In response, in November 2014, the Council launched an Accredited Provider List (APL) supported by web-based eProcurement technology
  • The APL works like a Dynamic Purchasing System but does not issue Contract Notices for each opportunity and uses provider performance and delivery of outcomes as part of the award criteria for care packages

The feedback from the judging panel was: 
“This is a very good project and the nominee should be congratulated on excellent innovation in the procurement function. The project shows how cost effectiveness and high quality can go hand-in-hand with careful design. What is also noteworthy is the integrated approach exhibited by this project, which effectively integrates the various phases of the procurement function in a manner that results in reinforcement between the phases.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council won the Outstanding Contribution to Procurement Award category:

  • Caerphilly Procurement Team has challenged every aspect of how it does business, delivering change through innovation with Best in Class applications of ICT, organisation structure and staff training
  • Their “change programme” has been in place for 10 years, recognised in 2009 with Excellence Wales status. Since 2009, the function has grown in stature and delivered results. The team have awards for SME Development, sustainability, organisation change
  • This year they have been shortlisted for the prestigious Go Awards
The feedback from the judging panel was:
“The submission is a really good example of a progressive organisation with drive, determination and the motivation to improve service delivery for the benefit of their communities.  The examples of best practice provided could be lifted into any procurement organisation to raise the bar and elevate procurement from the back office to the top table for decision making.”
To learn more about the Welsh National Procurement Awards 2015, click here
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