Assetoptimal has gained a valuable place in the ‘shop window’ for 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.

We will now be able use this online platform to showcase our capabilities in key business areas, such as health and safety and compliance.

Achilles UVDB is used by over 1,000 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, thus streamlining the procurement process.

At Assetoptimal, we are pleased to announce our registration with Achilles and look forward to offering our bespoke services to its members based on our 25 years’ of combined experience in the utilities sector.

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, Assetoptimal has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with UK utility buyers. “

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