Network Rail has announced that it has published its plan of action for working more effectively with small and medium businesses.
The plan also includes how Network Rail will achieve the Government target of 33 per cent of its annual expenditure to be spent via SMEs, Small Medium Enterprises, by 2022.
The new action plan is designed to create a more mutually beneficial partnership.
The plan focuses on six areas of improvement: engagement, pre-procurement, procurement, contract management, supplier management and innovation.
Ken Blackley, commercial director at Network Rail, has been appointed as a central SME champion at Network Rail.
What did the officials say?
Ken Blackley said:
“The SME action plan is an excellent opportunity to build on what we’ve learnt from speaking to businesses in our supply chain and listening when they tell us we haven’t always got it right.
“The steps we are taking will make us easier to do business with, from simplifying our processes and providing clarity on what we want from suppliers, to better supplier management, clearer sourcing pipelines and a move away from zero-value frameworks.”
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