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Second accolade for supply chain excellence

UK Power Networks’ collaboration across its supply chain has won a second industry award.

From Press releases - 8 July 2015 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks’ collaboration across its supply chain has won a second industry award.

The company, which delivers electricity to the doors of 8.1million homes and businesses in London, the South East and East Anglia, introduced the Principals Group two years ago to make sure its contractors were aligned to the company’s goals and aims.

On June 30 the group picked up the supply chain excellence of the year award at the Construction News Awards in London. It follows a previous win for supply chain excellence at the Utility Week Achievement Awards in December.

Senior directors from organisations in the sphere of electrical and civil engineering, road resurfacing, roadworks, tree surgery, and overhead lines meet regularly to work together as one team, sharing best practice on safety, engineering and customer service, which is the focus of a sub-group. As the company’s public face, UK Power Networks needed contractors to consistently offer unbeatable customer service.

The group’s sponsor Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme and procurement for UK Power Networks, said: “We needed our supply chain pointing in the same direction as us so that whatever mattered to us, mattered to them.

“The group’s power is in its unique peer-to-peer collaboration. It identifies who does things best and adopts that as the minimum standard. Crucially, these are competitors collaborating for the greater good.

“Together we’ve turned the unbelievable into the believable. Despite direct collaboration with competitors, contractors are passionate about the group. Working relations have blossomed and we all reap the benefits of each other’s experience.”

All contractors, large and small, have a say in the group and teamwork means excellent results can be quickly copied throughout the supply chain. The group shares ideas, experience, innovation and best practice, collectively working as one.

The judges said: “UK Power Networks has clearly put a mechanism in place to drive improvement. And from a low starting position they have very good stats to prove that they delivered what they set out to. The results are impressive. Wow. It was a great collaborative presentation with both client and supplier.”

The members of the Principals’ Group are: Carillion Utility Services; Morrision Utility Services; JCP Consultancy; Stanmore Quality Surfacing (SQS); BTS Group; Skanska Construction UK;
Clancy Docwra; BAM Nuttall; Barhale Plc; Costain; Babcock networks; The Freedom Group of Companies; J.Murphy & Sons; High Voltage Maintenance Services (HVMS); McNicholas Construction Services; Modus Utilities; Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS); Falco Construction; Enserve Group; Compass Infrastructure UK (CI UK); and Laing O’Rourke Construction.