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15.06.18

NR launches tech to streamline procurement

Network Rail has launched its new technology designed to improve market engagement.

The Supplier Qualification System (SQS), which includes IT services and goods across technologies, professional services, solution delivery and support services, was established after market research showed that suppliers want a more efficient contracting process.

Once registered and qualified on the SQS, suppliers will no longer be required to complete a set of pre-qualification questions each time they participate in a competitive process.

It is hoped that the new system will provide greater visibility of business opportunities, as well as reducing the time taken to award contracts.

Network Rail is encouraging suppliers, particularly small and medium sized businesses, to register for the SQS as it will be the primary sourcing platform for future procurement opportunities.

Glen Combe, head of commercial technology for Network Rail, said that feedback from vendors has been positive so far.

“The new SQS will streamline the procurement process by removing the need for suppliers to go through a pre-qualification 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,” he explained.

The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) will continue to operate as Network Rail’s qualification system for all audible and non-technology related categories.

 

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