Announcing the MSDUK 2018 Awards finalists

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The finalists for this year’s MSDUK Business Awards have been announced.

The winner of each award category will be announced at the prestigious Business Awards ceremony on the second day of the MSDUK Conference, taking place on Wednesday 26 September at VOX Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The awards honour the efforts of both large corporations and hugely talented ethnic minority owned businesses in making supply chains both inclusive and competitive. Large purchasing organisations in the UK, both public and private, will be recognised for their true commitment to inclusive procurement, opening their supply chains to small and minority owned businesses and making a lasting impact on the growth of these businesses. Meanwhile, ethnic minority businesses from across the UK will be recognised for innovation, growth and entrepreneurship.

Past winners of these awards include Cummins, Skanska, Micro-Fresh and Bri- Tek Technologies.

There are five award categories, each with 2- 3 finalists from within and outside of the MSDUK Network .


 

Supplier Diversity Excellence (sponsored by Gibbs Hybrid)

Judges: Laura Berry, CEO, Supply Nation; Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, HS2; Denise Nurse, CEO & Founder, Halebury

This award recognises a corporate member that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership and driven significant growth in supplier diversity in the UK from October 2016 to date

Supplier Diversity Excellence

  • Accenture

“We are very honoured to be included as finalists in the Supplier Diversity Business excellence award. Accenture is “committed to promoting inclusive, ethical and sustainable procurement practices that create long-term value for our clients, our suppliers and our communities. With a multi-billion-dollar supply chain, we have the opportunity to leverage our purchasing power to drive positive change on a global scale and to create a more-inclusive digital world”. Being a finalist in this category is testament to our efforts and progress toward improving the way the world works and lives.”

www.accenture.com

 

  • IBM

“IBM has long recognized that diversity is critical to fostering innovation and delivering value to clients — and that supplier diversity adds to our competitive advantage while stimulating growth in a global marketplace. As a founding corporate member of MSD UK and during the year in which we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of IBM’s Supplier Diversity program, it makes us extremely proud to be one of the finalists for the MSDUK Supplier Diversity Excellence Award!

www.ibm.com

 

  • EDF Energy

“At EDF Energy, we believe that our supplier base needs to be representative of the world we live in and be inclusive of all the diverse groups we have in our society, we are therefore delighted to hear we have been shortlisted for the prestigious MSD UK Awards as for us, being shortlisted provides us with external validation that our strategy to achieve this goal is on the right trajectory.”

www.edfenergy.com

 

 

Inclusive Procurement

Judges: Cassandra Dorrington, President, CAMSC; Oz Kemel, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, AgileOne; Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead, Accenture

This award is to recognise a British public or private sector purchasing organisation outside of the MSDUK network for their effort on an inclusive supply chain and engagement with ethnic minority and small businesses.

Inclusive Procurement

  • Pfizer

www.pfizer.com

 

  • HS2

“HS2 is proud to be a finalist at the MSDUK Global Supplier Diversity Awards. Our Inclusive Procurement model is one that we are proud of. We are committed to supporting excellence in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion through our procurement and supply chain activities.”

https://www.hs2.org.uk/

 

 

Scale Up Business (sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company)

Judges: Dee Patel, Brocks Compass; Theresa Harrison, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement, EY; Michelle Nsanzumuco, Executive Education Manager, Surrey Business School

This award recognises a business who has shown significant demonstrable growth over the last two financial years within the competitive marketplace in which they operate.

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  • Gibbs Hybrid

“The issues I care about deeply – diversity, inclusion, equitable sourcing – are also championed by MSDUK. I’m delighted to continue our close relationship and honoured by this nomination. MSDUK does important work on behalf of minority suppliers and this award spotlights the many successes we’ve achieved together.” – Farida Gibbs, CEO, Gibbs Hybrid

https://www.gibbshybrid.com/

 

  • Fortel

“We are excited to be shortlisted for the “Scale-Up” award, it is a great award to recognise businesses moving in the right direction and we look forward to the Awards night.”

https://www.fortel.co.uk/

 

  • Clintec International

“I am delighted that Clintec and myself are finalists in 3 award categories, Scale Up Business, Business Women of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. This acknowledgement is a true reflection of our hardworking and dedicated employees based in almost 50 countries who provide excellen ce in clinical research. Over 21 years, Clintec has grown and evolved to become the most geographically diverse mid-market sized privately owned CRO in the world and is the only one of its kind that is women-majority and managed owned.”- Rabinder Buttar; CEO & President, Clintec International

 http://www.clintec.com/

  

Businesswoman of the Year (sponsored by EY)

Judges: Gary Joseph, CEO, SASDC; Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International; Dr Paula Whitehouse, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Aston Business School

This award identifies and celebrates women in business! Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, the Business Woman of the Year award seeks to define the qualities of a successful woman – from drive, ambition, vision and tenacity to inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence.

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L-R :Farida Gibbs, Naheed Afzal, Rabinder Buttar

  • Farida Gibbs; CEO, Gibbs Hybrid   

“The issues I care about deeply – diversity, inclusion, equitable sourcing – are also championed by MSDUK. I’m delighted to continue our close relationship and honoured by this nomination. MSDUK does important work on behalf of minority suppliers and this award spotlights the many successes we’ve achieved together.”

https://www.gibbshybrid.com/

 

  • Naheed Afzal; Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting

“Thrilled to be a finalist for Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year at the MSDUK Awards – what an absolute honour! Huge thank you to MSDUK and the team who have been an unfaltering driving force in inclusive procurement globally and congrats to fellow finalists.”

http://contractsit.com/

 

  • Rabinder Buttar; CEO & President, Clintec International

“I am delighted that Clintec and myself are finalists in 3 award categories, Scale Up Business, Business Women of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. This acknowledgement is a true reflection of our hardworking and dedicated employees based in almost 50 countries who provide excellence in clinical research. Over 21 years, Clintec has grown and evolved to become the most geographically diverse mid-market sized privately owned CRO in the world and is the only one of its kind that is women-majority and managed owned.”

http://www.clintec.com/

 

 

Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by EY)

Judges: Megan Stowe, EMEA Strategic Sourcing & International Diversity Director, Intel; Dr Frederick McKinney, Managing Director Minority Programs, Tuck; Mayank Shah, CEO, MSDUK

This award identifies and celebrates entrepreneurs! Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, the Entrepreneur of the Year award seeks to define the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – from drive, ambition, vision and tenacity to inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence.

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L-R: Raj Tulsani, Naheed Afzal, Rabinder Buttar

  • Raj Tulsani; CEO and Co-Founder of Green Park Interim & Executive Search

“It is a pleasure to have been shortlisted by MSDUK for this prestigious award. Green Park has campaigned tirelessly over the last decade to help corporates understand the value of increasing diversity in the supply chain, and also to connect areas of genuine capability and innovation.

We continue to campaign to move the conversation on from awareness to action and towards genuine sustainable competitive advantage that can be achieved through the passion, innovation and unique sets of experience that can be found in minority groups.”

https://green-park.co.uk/

 

  • Naheed Afzal; Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting

 “Thrilled to be a finalist for Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year at the MSDUK Awards – what an absolute honour! Huge thank you to MSDUK and the team who have been an unfaltering driving force in inclusive procurement globally and congrats to fellow finalists.”

http://contractsit.com/

 

  • Rabinder Buttar, CEO & President, Clintec International

“I am delighted that Clintec and myself are finalists in 3 award categories, Scale Up Business, Business Women of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. This acknowledgement is a true reflection of our hardworking and dedicated employees based in almost 50 countries who provide excellence in clinical research. Over 21 years, Clintec has grown and evolved to become the most geographically diverse mid-market sized privately owned CRO in the world and is the only one of its kind that is women-majority and managed owned.”

http://www.clintec.com/

Innovation Award (sponsored by Cummins)

This award will be presented to the overall winner of the MSDUK 2018 Innovation Challenge.

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year ( sponsored by AgileOne)

This award recognises individual MSDUK Corporate members who are championing supplier doversity within their organisations.


 

About the MSDUK 2018 Conference & Awards

This year’s MSDUK Conference & Awards will host over 600 attendees across two days of knowledge sharing, business exhibition, workshops and seminars. The event will provide ample opportunity to meet and connect with innovative business owners from across the UK, US, South Africa, China and Canada and learn from procurement professionals and diversity and inclusion leaders.

For more information about the Conference & Awards, please click here.

Tickets for the Business Awards Dinner are available to purchase now, for individuals and for tables of 10. To book tickets, please click here.