New UK utilities supplier platform

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UK utilities business UVDB, run by supply chain management firm Achilles, has moved to a new platform for supplier pre-qualification.

The move has been supported and delivered with the help and commitment of the UVDB Steering Group, comprising representatives from utilities organisations including National Grid, Wales and West Utilities, SSE, Scottish Power, EDF Energy and Western Power Distribution, working with Achilles.

The new platform will help the community broaden its supply chains, reduce costs associated with time and administration and boost UK utility organisations’ access to tender opportunities.

Chairman of the UVDB Steering Group, Ian Bartle, Northern Powergrid, said: “The new platform is not simply about technology – it is a way to manage risk and improve procurement processes on a global stage – helping companies in the sector to hone and refine their approach.”

Philip Foster, director of utilities at Achilles said: “Supplier pre-qualification is key to any successful procurement event so the modern, intuitive and user friendly approach of the new platform can deliver tangible business benefits for our members.”

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