Small firms urged to sign up for Network Rail’s new supplier platform

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Network Rail is encouraging suppliers, especially small and medium sized businesses, to register with itsnew technology Supplier Qualification System, which it intends will bethe primary sourcing platform for future procurement opportunities.

Anticipating tendering for work worth around £2.2bn in the next decade, the firm says its new system isdesigned to improve market engagement, provide greater visibility of business opportunities and reduce the time it takes to award contracts.

The ‘Supplier Qualification System’ – which includes IT services and goods across Technologies, Professional Services, Solution Delivery and Support Services – has been established following extensive market research, which showed that suppliers wanted a more efficient contracting process. Now, once suppliers have registered and qualified on the SQS, they will no longer be required to complete a set of prequalification

Glen Combe, head of commercial for technology at Network Rail, said: “The feedback from vendors so far has been very positive and we are encouraging organisations to register. The new SQS will streamline the procurement process by removing the need for suppliers to go through a prequalification process each time they are invited to tender. It also provides greater visibility of business opportunities and reduces the time it takes to award contracts.”