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Edition No. 173

Date:- 30 October 2004

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Merseyside Success at the CIPS Supply Management Awards

FOLLOWING a prestigious ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, a Merseyside housing initiative, Fusion 21, proved its success in fighting long-term unemployment and associated social problems by walking away with two accolades in the CIPS Supply Management Awards.

The CIPS Supply Management Awards, now in their sixth year, are designed to celebrate excellence in purchasing and supply management and reflect the growing importance that the purchasing role has within today's globalorganisations, with the responsibility for the success and survival of

Demonstrating that working together in the public sector is proving successful, Fusion 21 is a partnership between seven Merseyside housing associations and Knowsley Council. Picking up two awards - Best Contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Purchasing Initiative by a smaller organisation, Fusion 21 is involved at every stage of the procurement process to address inefficiencies and exploit the power of all the partners working together. 

The savings achieved consistently exceed 30% which is re-invested to tackle unemployment, raise housing standards and promote sustainable communities. Its success has led to a challenge from the Treasury to save the housing sector £1 billion over five years by expanding its procurement model across the country.

It is improving the quality of life for Knowsley residents by pursuing the government's decent homes standards. It is helping to change the nature of social housing by promoting better living and maintenance standards. And it is helping regeneration - creating new economic opportunities by removing barriers to other small and medium-sized enterprises that are prepared tom offer value for money.

Ken James, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said:- "These awards are all about celebrating procurement excellence. Fusion 21 is a great example of where collaborative working can bring about real change. Improving procurement in this instance has enabled Fusion 21 to put that money in to making a better environment for the local area and improving quality of life."

A Blooming Station!

LIME STREET station has come into full bloom, hosting the artwork 'Welcome Flower' to celebrate the third Liverpool Biennial art exhibition. 

'Welcome Flower'
, by artist Choi Jeong Hwa, consists of eight fabric flowers, suspended from the ceiling of the station, which inflate at different intervals. It has been made for the International 04 part of the Biennial.

Station manager, Roy Greenhalgh said:- "Network Rail is delighted to host this special event for the first time. Lime Street station is an ideal gateway to the exhibition for visitors to the city.

'Welcome Flower' has been welcomed by everyone using the station, and we're happy to be hosting such an interesting and colourful art installation, which is brightening up these dark autumn days for all the people using the station."

Choi Jeong Hwa makes large-scale inflatable fabric or fibre glass sculptures of flowers and fruit. His past pieces include Happy Together (2003) and Happy, Happy, Happy (2003). He also produced two new works for the Mori Art Museum's opening show 'Happiness.'