We’re proud to announce our involvement in this year’s prestigious PMI UK National Project Awards, as sponsor of the ‘Project of the Year: Private Enterprise Category’.

Organised in partnership by the UK Project Management Institute and PWC, the PMI UK National Project Awards celebrate outstanding accomplishments and recognise the best talent in project management around the country.

This year builds on the success of the inaugural celebrations in 2019, which established the awards as one of the UK’s major project management events of the year. The Awards feature eight categories that recognise the UK’s forward-thinking project managers, teams, and their innovative projects, including – Project of the Year (Large Private Enterprise), Project of the Year (Public Sector), Project of the Year (Small & Medium Enterprise), PMO of the Year, Project Management for Social Good, Early in Career Project Professional of the Year, Project Professional of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Celebrations in 2021 will also see the introduction of a Special Covid-19 Award to recognise the UK’s best response project in what has proved a challenging time for all.

The institute had initially hoped for the event to assume a hybrid format, hosting over 500 delegates at a black-tie gala dinner in London, with several more joining the event virtually. However, the delayed lifting of restrictions on large indoor gatherings means that this year will see the awards held entirely virtually. With the awards ceremony now set to take place online on the 15th July, we’ll be tuning in to see the UK’s project management professionals celebrate the best in the industry. You can too – free virtual tickets are available here.

This year we’re sponsoring the ‘Project of the Year: Private Enterprise Category’ award, which showcases outstanding project management in private enterprises with more than 250 employees, from a broad range of disciplines including Information Technology, Business Transformation, Engineering, Product Development and beyond.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Private Enterprise award and be associated in a small way at least with the great work PMI UK does across the project management community. As a scale-up technology consultancy, we definitely benefit when the client side project management team is exceptional and we have felt that this award is an apt one to get behind.” Martin Jones, Director at Fruition Consulting

Previous winners of the category include the likes of Rolls Royce and this year’s shortlist is just as distinguished, with Arup, Procter and Gamble, Hermes and Secure Trust Bank all completing large-scale projects and going head to head for the title.

The Arup/ Procter and Gamble R&D Facility, Reading Campus Project saw Procter & Gamble set out to design, procure and construct a new world class R&D facility on their Reading campus site to replace its existing infrastructure. Appointing Arup as a key advisor and partner to engage with contractors, designers and statutory authorities, Procter & Gamble sought to optimize the synergies between their various business units. The result? A world-class innovation centre equipped with new laboratories, warehouse facilities and office spaces that allow their staff to thrive, and for innovation and creativity to flow freely.

Next up on the shortlist is the Delivery Network Capacity Project by Hermes – one of the biggest, most cutting-edge consumer parcel delivery businesses in the UK. In 2020, they had planned to increase their network capacity in line with the typical 10 per cent year-on-year growth, but lockdown brought about a dramatic increase in online shopping and demand for home delivery. This had an equally dramatic effect on parcel volume which skyrocketed to record levels and as a result, Hermes had to adapt almost overnight as they played their part in keeping the nation’s parcels delivered. This project increased network capacity, enabled commercial growth and provided operational data insight in a time where the rest of the country was forced to stand still.

The third and final shortlisted enterprise is Secure Trust Bank, for their Project Darwin workplace transformation. Looking to embrace a more flexible and forward-looking way of working, Project Darwin saw Secure Trust Bank expand the capacity of their Solihull office campus in readiness for further future growth and to lay the foundations for a more agile and flexible working culture. The project was key to enabling the wider building strategy plan – namely, consolidating the number of buildings inhabited by Secure Trust Bank – and provided a modern professional office that enables staff to provide a quality service to customers.

With a shortlist this strong, we’re incredibly glad to be sponsoring the award, and not having to select the winner! We’d like to wish all the nominees, who are all so deserving of this title, the very best of luck. We’ll be tuning into the awards on the 15th July to see who scoops the prize and you can too. Register for your free PMI UK National Project Awards ticket here.