Our extensive supply chain network plays its part in helping us run a safe and efficient railway
We’re dependent on our suppliers to help us deliver rail services across Britain – we spend over £7bn per year with our supply chain, 98 per cent of which is with British companies.
We’ve worked directly with around 4,000 suppliers during the 2018/19 financial year. Nearly 3,000 of these are small to medium enterprises (SMEs), who supply us with vital services, from catering for our teams who are working through the night to designing innovative technology to keep the railway running safely. Our spend with large suppliers has also provided sustainable demand to many British SMEs through the extended supply chain.
Our supply chain is divided into Route Services (goods and services) and capital delivery projects (delivery of our major projects).
Working with you to deliver major railway upgrades Our regionally based teams, each headed up by a capital delivery director, work hard to increase capacity on the network by developing, designing and delivering enhancements and large complex capital projects. Renewals…
Route Services was established in January 2016 to supply services, agreed by the routes, and to deliver these to all of our business units. Route Services supplies services that the route managing directors collectively decide are best provided from a single…
We directly employ 40,000 people and support another 117,000 in our supply chain, many of them providing access to employment, training and apprenticeship schemes.
Supporting local communities is an important part of our contract with suppliers. We not only ask suppliers to identify opportunities to recruit people from the local area and provide entry-level employment opportunities, but we also ask them to procure goods and services from SMEs and social enterprises, supporting local business and the local economy where possible.
Each supplier is also invited to volunteer in their local area and support initiatives that have a direct benefit to the local community.
We work with suppliers committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and safety performance. We set out our expectations in our Code of Conduct, which is cascaded through our supply chain.
We want suppliers of all sizes and types to understand what social value we want to be delivered, so they can bid successfully for Network Rail business, creating a vibrant, healthy, innovative, competitive and diverse marketplace of suppliers. We want to see services delivered with values at their heart, where the wider social benefits matter and are recognised.
We’re transforming, making it easier for other organisations to invest in, and build on the railway.
Although Network Rail owns and operates Britain's railway, we believe we shouldn’t be the only organisation that can invest and build on it.
In the past, we have been viewed by other organisations wishing to invest or build on the railway as a gatekeeper and difficult to work with. So we commissioned the Hansford Review to investigate how we could remove barriers and transform, and make it easier for other organisations. We are now implementing the recommendations of the Hansford Review as part of the Open for Business programme.
Part of this programme is to introduce contestability – putting railway projects out to market for other organisations to deliver. Visit our Open for Business pages for information about projects we’re seeking other organisations to invest in, finance and deliver.
Useful information for suppliers
BravoNR is our end-to-end procurement system – we use it to manage our supplier contract life cycle.