Following the successful release of scheme updates in February 2010, we immediately started work on the next update. In addition to a review of the Roadmap, an exercise to identify the complexity and resources required to implement the changes took place, and a prioritised list for the next update emerged. The list was discussed and agreed with the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Supplier Consultation Group (SCG) and the Link-up Governance Group (LUGG).
As a result, towards the end of the year we will release the next update. Below are examples of some of the changes:
New level of access to Link-up information
- Provide a link to the online questionnaire from the desktop page of the Rail Portal.
- Allow the upload of quality and environmental certificates to the questionnaire in addition to the insurance certificates, which can already be uploaded.
- Include in the ‘Export to Excel’ function, for Buyer members, the additional contacts for tender/business enquiries and safety-related matters now displayed for each supplier on the Rail Portal.
- Introduce a number of new product codes in the Passenger Rail Vehicle area along with codes for Ready Mixed Concrete and provision of Audit Services.
- There will be various improvements to the text in questionnaire questions based on feedback from both Supplier and Buyer members.
- Changes to the 1213 (Civils Specialist Services) product codes to enable suppliers to better manage the audits triggered by their product code footprint.
Earlier this year we identified, through feedback from supplier organisations, buyer groups and industry leaders, the need to increase the value suppliers receive as members of the Link-up Scheme. As a result, we have introduced a new enhanced level of supplier access to Link-up information. Known as Supplier Patron, this new optional addition to an organisation’s engagement with Link-up was launched on 1st August this year.
With all tiers of the supply chain actively engaging other suppliers there is a need to
identify who is able to provide the required services and to gain some idea of the capability of these suppliers. This new ‘entry level’ access provides organisations with simple search functionality to identify which suppliers can offer a product or service with a check on their qualification status, location of coverage and whether the product or service is provided directly or via a subcontract route.
Additionally, Supplier Patron is able to access the Executive Summary Audit report and see which products and services have been audited. We were clear from the feedback received that not all organisations need the same level of data or tools to meet their needs in this area and as such we are offering this as a completely optional product and maintaining the existing levels of Buyer and Supplier membership to facilitate supplier choice.
Some suppliers expressed a concern over what information would be made available. We engaged these suppliers in discussion and explained that we are NOT making available the second part of the Link-up questionnaire, the Supplier Profile Questionnaire (SPQ).
For more information, or to purchase the new supplier patron option, please contact the Link-up team on 01235 861 118 or visit www.achilles.com/joinlink-up