Supply to National Grid

Welcome to How to become a National Grid Supplier

We have pulled together a range of information to help your firm assess how to sell to National Grid as it implements a £1.1b scheme in Cumbria/Lancashire to upgrade its planned 400kv powerline betwen Moor Side and Heysham.

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A public consultation is underway until late November2014.

On 28 October at Dalton’s Chequers Hotel there is a business briefing about the scheme open to all businesses.
Download details of the presentations here
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National Grid Presentation 28 October

The National Grid as a company

National Grid is one of the world’s largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly.

Its vision is

Connecting you to your energy today, trusted to help you meet your energy needs tomorrow

National Grid’s UK and EU Annual Priorities

are as follows:

  • Achieve our safest year ever.
  • Invest in our people to grow skills and capability.
  • Embed performance excellence as our way of working.
  • Outperform our regulatory and commercial contracts.
  • Improve the customer experience and stakeholder engagement.
  • Shape developments in the UK and EU energy industry.
  • Develop opportunities for future growth

National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses

How to become a National Grid Supplier

It is National Grid’s policy to procure goods and services

  • competitively,
  • economically,
  • ethically and
  • efficiently

– in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. In particular, sourcing activities comply with the requirements of the

Utilities Contracts Regulations.

First tier suppliers of transmission and distribution equipment are assessed as part of the tender evaluation process.

Suppliers are assessed on

  • tender price,
  • tender compliance,
  • capability
  • performance.

National Grid utilises the Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) of suppliers when compiling lists of potential vendors for its goods and services requirements. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition of supplying to National Grid that vendors are registered on the UVDB.

For certain high risk categories, vendors are further required to submit to the Achilles Verify process, whereby a thorough assessment of Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental capabilities is undertaken and an evaluation rating produced.

For categories with a high risk in terms of Human Rights or Climate Change vendors will be required to complete a National Grid questionnaire which may subsequently be followed up by a site audit.

The UVDB/Verify system is a key part of our risk management strategy, ensuring that all suppliers demonstrate the expected capabilities.

Acting Responsibly

It is National Grid’s policy to source goods and services competitively, economically, ethically and efficiently in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. In particular, sourcing activities comply with the requirements of the Utilities Contracts Regulations.

  • We will deal fairly with our suppliers and contractors, and will work to develop relationships with them based on honesty, fairness and mutual trust.
  • We will settle bills on time and will work with suppliers and contractors to ensure that no bribery or excess gifts/hospitality are solicited, accepted or given.
  • We seek to do business with suppliers and contractors who share the business values set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • We will not work with suppliers and contractors who do not respect the law or whose reputation will endanger our own.

National Grid Standard Conditions of Purchase

It is National Grid policy to procure goods and services competitively, economically, ethically and efficiently in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements. A strategic sourcing methodology is followed, utilising a competitive tendering process. Underpinning this approach are our standard conditions of contract as follows:


If you would like a copy of any of these, please contact one of the Procurement Managers on the

Contact Us list.

Achilles supplier solutions

Achilles supplier solutions

Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data. Using cloud-based technology, we act as an independent partner providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers to manage risk, and suppliers to increase market reach in their sector. – See more at:

Achilles is a global leader in supplier management programmes working with around 800 of the world’s largest buying organisations. We create and manage collaborative communities matching over 77,000 qualified suppliers with relevant buyers, enabling contracts and reducing risks and costs for both groups.

Achilles is independent, collaborative and neutral, working with buyers and suppliers to create solutions and processes to enable efficient procurement activities.

Join an Achilles Community

Many suppliers join us following an invitation request from one of their existing customers – but you can join independently by using our Community Finder tool. By joining our supplier management communities you’ll be able to connect to a network of potential buyers across an entire industry sector in your selected region. Our supplier services are designed to support best practices and to make your business more visible to potential customers.

Complete an online pre-qualification questionnaire and, once your data has been verified, your details can be viewed by every buyer registered in your sector specific Achilles Community. No time or effort is wasted in completing multiple forms for different buyers. You’ll be alerted to real opportunities as they arise, and by updating information online you can ensure that buyers have access to accurate and up-to-date information about your business. Discover the benefits for suppliers or learn how to join an Achilles community –

See more at:

National Grid supplier code of conduct see it here

UK procurement opportunities within National Grid,

Please contact one of the Procurement Managers listed below.See or below:


Cable framework contracts, Cable leak detection, Cable maintenance

Andrew Houlston  –

Commercial vehicle fleet

Fuel cards, Vehicle design and build including ancillary equipment, vehicle maintenance and fuel cards

Gary Foster –

Company cars

Company cars, Hire cars, Incident management

Mike Palmer –

Construction services

Services to support gas and electricity construction projects including:

  • Project services
  • FEED services and LVAC design
  • ISS civil design
  • Environmental services
  • Lands rights services
  • Inspection services
  • Drawing services
  • Marine surveys and consultancy

Chris Hickey

Corporate services

  • Advertising and media services
  • Chauffeurs
  • Hire of temporary staff and contractors
  • Hotel and travel
  • Print
  • Promotional Items
  • Public relations services
  • Occupational health services
  • Recruitment of permanent staf
  • Training services
  • Stationery
  • Weather forecasting services

Phil Lucock

Engineering services

  • Asset maintenance and repairs including, vegetation management, painting, scaffolding, repairs, asbestos removal
  • Demolition and remediation
  • Engineering consultancy (excluding construction services frameworks)
  • Electrical and instrumentation work
  • Flood defence
  • Generation services
  • Mechanical and automation services
  • Minor civils and minor ancillary works and repairs
  • Other engineering services including surveying services, inspection services, testing, analysis services and calibration services

Sara Tibbatts  –

Facilities management and energy

  • Air conditioning maintenance and repair
  • Building cleaning services
  • Building and grounds maintenance
  • Catering services
  • Facilities management services
  • Fire detection system
  • Fire protection equipment
  • General security provision
  • Helicopters
  • Installation and maintenance of security fences
  • Landscaping
  • Office furniture
  • Refuse/scrap collection services
  • Utilities
  • Vending
  • Waste management and environmental services

Sarah Bayliss

Gas distribution projects

Emergency repair and associated activities, Gas mains, services replacement and associated services


Amy Silvester –

Gas transmission compressor stations

Compressor station projects, equipment and auxiliary systems

Mike Dixon –

Gas transmission pipelines and AGIs

Gas Transmission Pipeline and Above Ground Installation (AGI) projects, products (including steel linepipe), systems and services

Kristian Hollowood  –

Global commodity services (IS)

Email services, Managed printer services

John Nokes  –

Global information systems (IS) services

IS business solutions, consultancy and other related services within the UK and the US

Tam Curran

Global IS service management integration

Global IT service desk and ITIL

John Nokes

HVDC technology

HVDC Cables, HVDC Converter Stations and Equipment

Andy Smith –

Information systems (IS) infrastructure

Data Centres (UK), Enterprise Services

Andy Wakeman

Isle of Grain Importation Terminal – Procurement

Procurement activity at the Grain LNG importation terminal

Andy Smith and Ian Allison

Maintenance repair operations (MRO) and mechanical

  • AGI Site Maintenance
  • Alternative Heating & Cooking Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Boiler Maintenance
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Cable Detection
  • Chemicals
  • Cleaning & Hygiene
  • Electric Components
  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • Fasteners and Bolts
  • Fire Protection
  • Gas Detection Instruments
  • Industrial Consumables
  • Industrial Gases
  • Integrated Security Solutions
  • Odorant
  • Oil Transport
  • Personal Protective Equipment & Garment Laundering
  • Plant and Tool hire
  • Road Furniture
  • Signs
  • Tools and Specialist Equipment
  • Traffic Management
  • UPS Systems
  • Vehicle Winch Repair & Servicing

Hannah Jarvis

Metering works

Meter installations, Removal, maintenance and associated activities

Victoria Hinchliffe


Automated Meter Readings (AMR), Domestic gas prepayment and credit meters, Electricity meters, Industrial and commercial gas meters and modules, Meter installation kits (regulators) and fittings

Victoria Hinchliffe

Networks and telecoms

Global networks and telecommunications services, including fixed and wireless services.

Chris Skipp

OHL components

OHL Components, including conductor insulators and fittings

Simon Smith

OHL construction

OHL alliances and contracts

Tim Winnett

Pipes, valves and fittings

Actuators, Copper pipes and fittings, Leakage repair sealants, Live and dead insertion equipment, PE pipes and fittings, Spares, Steel pipe and fittings,Valves

Amy Silvester

Professional services (General management)

Consultancy including technical and general management, Innovation, Legal services

Dan Goodchild

Professional services (IS)

IS Benchmarking, IS Consultancy, IS Security and Risk,IS Solution Delivery, IS Strategy

Tam Curran


IS software

Karen Wildes

Substation construction

Substation alliances and contracts

Ben Adams


Switchgear contracts

Cathy Knight


Transformer framework contracts

Roy Ball


Andy Smith

Join the National Grid TSMS.

This is how it starts–up:

You are about to start the registration process to join the National Grid TSMS.

What happens next?

It will take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete your application. During this process you will need to provide:

  • To help speed up the Contact Details – including your address, telephone and email
  • Company Information – including trading address, company registration number (if appropriate) and website
  • Products and Services – select the product codes that reflect what your company can offer our clients process, we will check to see if we already hold any information about you or your company.

National Grid Supply Chain Strategic Partnerships: logistics partner DHL

For some activities national grid has strategic partners such as

National Grid’s warehousing and transportation services provided by our logistics partner DHL; Key services are delivered from operational sites,

An NDC in Birmingham and our Spares Stores in Didcot.

A further 19 Secondary stores across our network footprint form an integral part of the overall supply chain

Strengthening Supply ChainsStrengthening Supply Chains – November 2014 – Download PDF

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