How to Enter

Entries have now closed for 2019

"The CIPS Supply Management Awards are a great opportunity to showcase hard work, commitment and results – be proud!"

- British Steel, 2018 Winners!

Entering the team categories

To enter for a team category award please follow these step-by-step instructions

  1. Choose which categories you want to enter.

  2. Read the category description carefully.

  3. Write your submission following the guidelines below, including the requested headings.

  4. Collate up to three pages of supporting material for your entry following the guidelines below.

  5. Write a 100-word overview of your entry.

  6. Prepare a high-resolution version of your company logo and a team photo. If shortlisted these will be used for the evening’s on-screen graphics.

  7. Register and upload your submission.

  8. Make a £200 payment for each entry online.

  9. Ensure you leave enough time to complete the process by the deadline.


Your written submission

Your submission must contain a 100-word overview, a written submission of no more than three single-sided sheets of A4, and up to three pages of supporting materials which you upload directly to the entry site.


Overview

You will also be asked to provide a project summary of no more than 100 words (please note we may publish this on the website once the shortlist is announced).


How to write your three-page written submission

Your written entry is the basis on which the judges will vote for and shortlist entries. The main criteria used by the judges to select winners will be the magnitude, importance and clarity of the benefit(s) to the organisation arising from the project or initiative.


The three pages should show how you meet all criteria in your chosen category. At the beginning of your three pages the following information must be listed:

  • Category name

  • Project title

  • Organisation name


Your submission should also include the following headings:

  • Aims and objectives

  • Planning and execution

  • Innovation and creativity

  • Best practice

  • Organisational benefits achieved (this section is allocated the highest percentage of marks).


Benefits may be “hard” (eg, cost savings or reduced lead times) or “soft” (eg, improved supplier relations or better-trained staff). But it is important that every entry does relate in some way to organisational benefits achieved. Claimed benefits should be supported by facts and figures, and entrants are strongly advised to include validation of these from stakeholders outside the procurement and supply chain function – internal customers, suppliers, and so on.


Your supporting materials

You may, if you wish, upload additional supporting material with your entry. However, this must be limited to three single-sided sheets of A4 and should not comprise information that is central to your case – the judges will expect to see this in your main submission.


Your supporting materials can include the following:

  • Testimonials

  • Endorsements from colleagues or suppliers, CFO or CEO

  • Press clippings

  • Performance figures


PLEASE NOTE: If supporting material is to be submitted, it must be in Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF (.pdf ) formats only.

Please also upload your logo and a team photo, min. 300dpi in jpeg or eps format. This will be used in the awards supplement and for the evening’s on-screen graphics should your entry make the final shortlist.

Entering the Young Talent Award

To enter this award please follow these step-by-step instructions

  1. Read the category description carefully.

  2. Write a 500 word statement

  3. Get an endorsement from a line manager, director, client etc.

  4. Collate up to three pages of supporting material for your entry following the guidelines below.

  5. Prepare a high-resolution version of your company logo and a photo. If shortlisted these will be used for the evening’s on-screen graphics.

  6. Register and upload your submission.

  7. Make a £100 payment online.

  8. Ensure you leave enough time to complete the process by the deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: The Young Talent category is open to MCIPS members, or those studying towards MCIPS, aged 30 or under.


Your Written Submission

For this category you are only required to write a 500-word statement along with an an endorsement from a line manager, director or client, and with up to three pages of supporting documentation answering the criteria set out.


At the top of the page please state: 

Name of the nominated person (if not yourself) 

Job title 

Company 

Date of birth


Your supporting materials

You may, if you wish, upload additional supporting material with your entry. However, this must be limited to three single-sided sheets of A4 and should not comprise information that is central to your case – the judges will expect to see this in your main submission.


Your supporting materials can include the following:

  • Testimonials

  • Endorsements from colleagues or suppliers, CFO or CEO

  • Press clippings

  • Performance figures


If supporting material is to be submitted, it must be in Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF (.pdf ) formats only. Please also upload your logo and a photo of yourself, min. 300dpi in jpeg or eps format, to be used in the awards supplement and for the evening’s on-screen graphics should your entry make the final shortlist.


Deadlines and Fees

Team categories
Standard entry deadline: Friday 5 April - £200 +VAT per entry

Young Talent Award
Standard entry deadline: Friday 5 April - £100 +VAT per entry

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Unless stated otherwise, the project name given on the entry form is the name that will be used throughout the campaign, on all marketing communications and material, including certificates and trophies, if applicable. 

We reserve the right to shorten entry titles for the purpose of the awards announcements. Please try and keep your entry title concise.

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