Award ceremonies are an interesting phenomenon; across the world thousands of businesses enter awards every week in the hope that winning will raise awareness of their brand, whilst recognising the great work done by their own people; even being nominated raises morale and gives the team a boost.
So, CGI was delighted to stand up and be judged against some of the biggest and best companies in Scotland at the Scottish Business Awards last Thursday. We were proud to be nominated in the “Investor in Scotland” category with the great and the good of International and UK companies.
This nomination is an acknowledgment of CGI’s continued investment in Scotland. Our Open Digital Services Centre opened in October 2013 and will create more than 250 high quality jobs in the IT sector. We are working with Glasgow Caledonian University to support an “earn as you learn” Business and ICT degree course. ICT is essential to Scotland’s economy and we need a skilled, available workforce to ensure we can compete and thrive in today’s global economy.
2015 has been a good year for CGI; we won the contract to supply ICT Services to City of Edinburgh Council, a contract worth £186m, bringing over 200 new jobs to the city, and more than 60 Modern Apprentices. It will also deliver £45m in savings over the term of the contract.
We entered these awards primarily to recognise the CGI team for their continued commitment and hard work; and to stand among our peers and be recognised for being amongst the top companies in Scotland.
Alongside the celebration of Scottish business excellence and success, this ceremony raised more than £200,000 for charity; demonstrating the power of the Scottish Business Community who collectively can create powerful social change. As part of the City of Edinburgh Council contract CGI will be investing in social change through social enterprises and community groups, and bringing superfast broadband to every school in Edinburgh providing students with greater access to online educational tools.
Despite not winning, we were thrilled to be nominated and to attend the event where we were able to celebrate the fantastic year we have had in Scotland. The whole team deserves a pat on the back, and it was a night to cheer our successes. Me, I was thrilled to be celebrating with my team on an evening which, given the presence of George Clooney as guest speaker, had more than a sparkle of stardust!
The GIS shared Service Team in Bridgend that support all our client infrastructure (Technical Support, Control Bridge, Service Desk and Service Management) won Best Shared Service at last night's National Outsourcing Awards - it was a great way to celebrate and reward those who had made major contributions throughout the year right across the teams. I would recommend getting nominations in for awards - it has many benefits.