Last night, at the prestigious Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) supply management awards ceremony in Park Lane, Mayfair, Eunomia Research & Consulting received recognition for its procurement work in not one but two of the 12 categories.
The nominations are a result of the innovative residual waste treatment framework that Eunomia spearheaded with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils. This work was identified and commended by CIPS in the ‘Best Procurement Consultancy of the Year’ and ‘Best Supplier Relationship Management’ categories.
Conscious of the financial and performance pressures local authorities face, the concept of the residual waste framework was developed by Eunomia, and then delivered collaboratively with the councils. The shared vision for the framework across all three partners was to save the local authorities’ money, improve services and increasing recycling rates. In order to reduce risk and cost for the authorities, Eunomia’s payment for work was based on a gain-share mechanism associated with their savings, which proved very successful in fostering the spirit of true collaboration and mutual trust.
Having awarded places on the framework to seven suppliers in December 2014 Pembrokeshire CC now acts as the central purchasing body for the framework which is open to all Welsh authorities. The arrangement provides councils with the opportunity to quickly and simply procure their waste disposal services. The residual waste framework is a first of its kind – something Eunomia is extremely proud of. Now fully under way, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Council’s residual waste is being treated under the first contract with Potters Waste Management, saving each council in excess of £350,000 each year whilst also creating local jobs and increasing recycling rates.
The CIPS awards provide professional recognition for the innovation, collaboration and hard work that was demonstrated over the lifetime of the project. Up against major organisations that saw National Grid as highlighted as best of the best, Eunomia was represented at the event by Rebecca Pearson, Martine Kurth and two of the company’s directors, Dominic Hogg and Mike Brown.
Speaking after the event, the Chairman of Eunomia, Dominic Hogg, said:
“Even though we’re disappointed not to have won any of the awards, making it onto the shortlist was an achievement in itself since there was very stiff competition. Our procurement work is going from strength to strength and we hope our innovative and collaborative approach, focusing on delivering value for money for all parties, will see us back in the running for more awards in the future.”