Procurement work shortlisted for national award

23/02/2017

GO Awards finalist badgeThe Police ICT Company and EMSCU (East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit), the commercial arm of the Company, have been shortlisted for the National GO (Government Opportunities) Excellence in Public Procurement Award 2017/18.

Commenting on being shortlisted for an award that celebrates excellence in public procurement, Martin Wyke, CEO, The Police ICT Company said:

“Just being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a real achievement and demonstrates how far the Company has come regarding collaboration. The award recognises our partnership work with Adobe and other companies, and is significant on several levels, not least because one of the biggest challenges for procurement in policing in England and Wales continues to be that 43 police forces are separate legal entities, holding hundreds of contracts directly and individually with ICT suppliers.

“However, the Company has continued to drive a single message across policing, with its commercial partner, EMSCU, by challenging all suppliers to begin considering all forces as one client. Adobe were quick to recognise the greater market benefit from a single supplier model over multiple local users. Working closely with EMSCU and the Company, as well as with all the individual police forums and committees, we were able to create a single commercial deal with Adobe that was open to all forces.

“I am delighted to say that the Adobe deal was not an isolated initiative and the Company and EMSCU have been mapping out all supplier-spend against individual forces, and we have successfully identified further ‘local to national’ contracting opportunities. ‘Collaboration by aggregation’ is a template for transformational change in the Police ICT sector – and suppliers are beginning to take notice.

“I look forward to attending the awards ceremony next month and despite some very tough national competition, it would be fantastic if we won something in the category: ‘Go Collaboration Award – Other’.

Ronnie Adams, Commercial Director, EMSCU, said: “We are delighted and proud to be recognised for this award, which demonstrates that collaboration in policing can be very powerful in delivering savings. With the support of the Police ICT Company, we have approached the market in a very different and much fresher way, and suppliers and forces alike are seeing the value in a more collaborative and coherent police sector market.”

Find out more about the awards ceremony on the GO Awards website.

If you want to interview Martin Wyke or Ronnie Adams please contact Clarissa Hawthorne on 07393 755417 or Email clarissa.hawthorne@ict.police.uk.