Network Rail is to provide UK suppliers with references when they bid for contracts with overseas customers to help them survive the coronavirus crisis.
Suppliers can request a reference in writing, either on completion of a contract or following a period of 12 months’ continuous work for Network Rail.
Network Rail said the move reflected its commitment to the Rail Sector Deal, a government and rail industry commitment to work together to help the UK capitalise on opportunities in the global rail sector.
Clive Berrington, commercial and procurement director for Network Rail, said: “Supporting the UK’s railway supply chain win overseas contracts will help suppliers develop their businesses and ultimately help boost the British economy.
“This may also help accelerate innovation and drive competitiveness in the sector. We have always worked collaboratively with our supply chain and by offering this support, we are helping unlock the rail supply chain’s future potential overseas.”
Minister for exports Graham Stuart welcomed the move and said: “The UK has an array of excellent supply chain companies who have proven their capabilities through Network Rail and international projects across the globe.
“This new reference scheme will help to showcase UK firms’ experience and expertise to buyers around the world. This new scheme will help boost the UK rail sector further.”
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