Thursday, 22nd October 2015, saw the third North West NHS Excellence in Supply Awards held in
Blackpool, where we were lucky enough to win the ‘Small Business Award’ category.
Over 300 people attended the awards ceremony with a range of NHS staff from across the North West and suppliers from medtech, recruitment, software, mental health, transportation and charity sectors attending the prestigious event.
The evening was opened with a welcome from Dr Liz Mear, chief executive of the North West Academic Health Science Network and Dr Mike Burrows, managing director of Greater Manchester Health Science Network. Following a talk from the director of North West Procurement Development, Mick Guymer, it was time for dinner and the awards.
When it got to the category for ‘Small Business of the Year’ we were up against some big competition as finalists alongside Airborne Environmental Consultants, Olympus Associates, Deafness Resource Centre and Don’t Panic Projects Ltd.
We were shocked when they announced that we had won for our ‘maximise’ SLA initiative. The whole team was surprised and just couldn’t believe it- a teary and proud moment all around.
Once the award ceremony had finished, guest speaker Dave Thompson, who is founder and chief executive at Warrington Disability Partnership spoke about his experience with the NHS from the point of view as both a patient and a person working within the organisation.
Dave spoke of his accident in the past and it was inspirational to hear about the tough times he has been through and the way that the NHS has helped him overcome and transform his life.
It was incredible to be honoured with this award along with so many essential suppliers and partners of the NHS. We entered these awards as a relatively unknown company and we have left as a somebody.
Don Tomlinson MD of max20 explains that “the recognition of the award is such a big achievement for our team and will hopefully demonstrate our passion to work with NHS clients not just in the North West, but across the NHS where we’ll always go the extra mile to meet their needs.
“Thanks go to NHS North West Procurement Development the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network and Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network for hosting such a fantastic evening to celebrate NHS suppliers in the North West. “
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