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Global procurement specialists ADR International have won a National Training Award with their partner NG Bailey, the leading mechanical and electrical construction firm. It is the third time ADR International has won a National Training Award.

The Yorkshire-based firm brought in ADR International two years ago to run a training and development programme for more than 700 operations executives, senior operational managers, design and project staff and its core UK procurement team of 25.
As part of the programme four procurement executives have already reached NVQ level 4 accredited by the University of Glamorgan and several more are expected to attain the qualification, which entitles them to membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Martin Bailey, Director and Chief Innovation Officer at NG Bailey, said: “I’m extremely pleased. This award reinforces our belief in the importance of training and development for our people, which has always been a key driver for the business.

“It also shows our commitment to the importance of maintaining the best supply chain in the sector. I would like to thank our people at NG Bailey who have taken part in this for their commitment and ADR International for their expertise. I look forward to reaping further benefits from this partnership in the future.”

John Matthews of ADR International said: “We are very fortunate to work with such a forward-thinking organisation which is focused on training and development in a very traditional industry.

“It is a challenge to ensure that first class procurement skills are applied in an industry in which by its nature is often fragmented.”
Julie Daine, senior buyer at NG Bailey, one of the four procurement professionals to have reached NVQ level 4, said: “ADR have given us the skills and tools that we have put in place of the past year and which have brought us many benefits.”

Ian Heptinstall, director of supply chains at NG Bailey, said: “It’s a fantastic result and an acknowledgement of all the hard work by a lot of people.

“We have had excellent results with ADR International whose expertise has been recognised and appreciated in the business. As well as helping inform us they have also challenged us which is what we were looking for.”

Kathryn Cook, the chair of the National Training Awards’ South East judging panel, said: “The award was given to these companies because of the significant benefits that the training brought to both.

“It not only had positive results for NG Bailey and its procurement team, but also allowed ADR to offer additional services to its clients.”

ADR International and NG Bailey will collect the award at a national event in London on 13 December.

About ADR

ADR International is one of the longest-standing global procurement consultancies, established in 1986. It applies its knowledge and expertise to help its clients improve every aspect of their procurement activity. Its main areas of expertise are procurement consultancy, training and development, sourcing and interim management services.

ADR International works with several global corporations to improve their procurement effectiveness. Clients include GE, the world’s biggest non-oil company by market value, Genentech, Pfizer and Alcan. For more information please visit ADR International’s latest National Training Award is its third, following others with pharmaceuticals company GSK and the Metropolitan Police.

About NG Bailey

NG Bailey, based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, is one of the UK's leading providers of building services, mechanical, electrical, ICT, off-site manufacture, interiors, systems integration and maintenance solutions.

About the National Training Awards

The National Training Awards are the UK's number one accolade for businesses, organisations and individuals who have achieved lasting excellence and success through training and learning.

The National Training Awards are managed by UK Skills and supported by the Department for Education and Skills, Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland, the Welsh Assembly Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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