The UK utilities community, UVDB, has moved to a new platform, hosted by Achilles, for supplier pre-qualification.
The move has been delivered with the support 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, which has been fully operational since 19 November, will help the community broaden its supply chains, reduce costs associated with time and administration and help ensure the UK’s utility organisations have access to tender opportunities that effectively match their capabilities.
It provides a number of enhanced features designed to make pre-qualification easier, keep information up-to-date, and save time and effort for both suppliers and buyers to ensure they maximise business opportunities.
“The new platform will help to position the UVDB for the future and to ensure we continue to deliver the highest levels of professional procurement,” said Ian Bartle, chairman of the UVDB Steering Group.
“The new platform offers a key differentiator for our community and is seen as the right way to propel us forward. 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 added: “Global supply chains are the future. The new platform for UVDB will help the community to broaden its supply chains, to take full advantage of global procurement opportunities. 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.”