At EKFB we believe in fair and inclusive procurement in order to stimulate a more competitive market place. We are therefore committed to providing the supply chain with as much advanced information as possible, ensuring everyone has enough time to prepare for HS2.
The information below outlines our expectations in regards to supplier registration, prequalification requirements and bidding.
How to prequalify
To ensure our prequalification is proportionate and relevant to the size and risk profile of each works package, we have divided our minimum entry requirements into tiers. To find out which credentials your business needs to bid for our work, please click here: EKFB Pre-qualification Model – Supplier Minimum Entry Requirements
If your business is not currently accredited by Constructionline, then you will need to register and apply for certification. For more information please follow this link: https://www.constructionline.co.uk/eiffage-kier/ and use code HS2EK…..
Pre-qualification process change
EKFB will be adopting a new pre-qualification system, which will create consistency and increase productivity.
The new system consists of a Common Assessment Standard. This is a set of business assurance qualification questions agreed by Build UK, CECA and its partners. The Common Assessment Standard will be certified by three recognised assessment bodies: Achilles, CHAS and Constructionline
There is equal opportunity to all three assessment bodies and they will be interlinked by data sharing. Therefore, suppliers have the choice of which body they wish to use.
EKFB will be able to accept suppliers with the Common Assessment Standard desktop and site from September 2nd. However, we will to take a phased approach to the Common Assessment Standard and still accept our legacy assurance accreditation of Achilles Building Confidence level 4 or 5.
We look forward to you getting on board with the new system, so we can nurture increased productivity for the wider industry. More information on the Common Assessment Standard can be found on the Build UK website.
How to bid
We want to make sure that our CompeteFor opportunities are made available to the best and most suitable suppliers. To ensure your business is notified of relevant opportunities, please click the following link for details of our Works Package Coding Convention.
Value for money will be a key driver throughout our procurement process. As such, a fundamental part of our final decision will be made using a balanced scorecard approach. Please follow the link below for more information about our balanced scorecard expectations, including the areas we will be assessing for evidence of best practice.
Where to find relevant information and training
To gain a better understanding of how we measure some of our balanced scorecard requirements, we recommend the following information and training resources.
E-Learning Modules we recommend suppliers to complete
Module which shows you how Fairness Inclusion and Respect can be a significant benefit to your business
Where to find funding
If your business is an SME in need of funding to grow and develop in order to secure HS2 opportunities, the following organisations may be able to provide helpful advice.
For more information visit www.ekfb.com