Macleod Simmonds gains ‘shop window’ with UK utility buyers

Macleod Simmonds gains ‘shop window’ with UK utility buyers

22 September 2014 by: Macleod Simmonds

Macleod Simmonds Limited, the nationally recognised leader in subsurface imaging, has gained a ‘shop window’ with utility buyers and companies in the utilities sector by joining Achilles UVDB – an online community that enables companies to manage supply chain risk and comply with EU regulations.

Macleod Simmonds, who have been developing innovative technologies for mapping buried utilities, voids, structures and features over the past 3 years, will now be able to share on an online platform showcasing its capabilities in key business areas, including health and safety and compliance. Achilles UVDB is used by over 1000 buyers from over 40 UK utilities companies to find suitably qualified suppliers.

Achilles works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation, and desktop and physical audits. Several buying organisations also use the community as an approved mechanism for tendering for contracts above and below EU threshold contracts – streamlining the procurement process.

Craig Simmonds, Managing Director commented: “Achieving the accolade of being an Achilles audited and accredited supplier is testament to the dedication and determination of our team here at MSL. Quality, Accuracy, Consistency and Reliability are our core values which influence everything we do here and I am extremely pleased at being able to congratulate the team on obtaining this accreditation.”

Tom Grand, Regional Director for Achilles in the UK and Ireland, said: “By joining the biggest utilities supply chain risk management community in the UK, Macleod Simmonds has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with UK utility buyers.”

About Achilles

  • Achilles is one of the world’s largest providers of global supply chain risk management solutions, with 950 people working in 22 countries.
  • We independently scrutinise the supply chains of complex buying organisations across 11 industry sectors to proactively identify and mitigate risk and protect people, planet and profit.
  • We use online questionnaires to collect, check and maintain essential data about your suppliers, including information related to Health & Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Ethics and Compliance. This enables you to build up a picture of the risks present within your supply chain and respond with measures that will protect your business.
  • This is supported by a menu of 21 bolt-on services, which offer further protection. These include Health and Safety Audits, Supply Chain Mapping, Financial Analysis and Carbon Reduction.
  • We also offer an in-house consultancy service for public and private sector organisations that are affected by EU procurement legislation. EU regulated industries use this service to shortlist suppliers for “below-threshold” contracts.
  • We set up supply chain management communities where business leaders from different industry sectors agree the common standards suppliers need to meet in order to be eligible to do business with them.
  • We use state-of-the-art cloud technology to host “big data” in a secure environment, which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
  • We enable businesses to make informed strategic decisions to minimise cost and to turn common industry challenges into sources of competitive advantage.

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