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Nov032014

RT Infrastructure Solutions achieves BS11000 accreditation  

On the 9th October 2014 RT Infrastructure Solutions achieved accreditation to the BS11000 Standard for Collaborative Business Relationships and in turn became only the UK’s 4th rail SME to achieve this accreditation since the standard was introduced in 2011.

The BS11000 standard has been increasingly embraced by a variety of different sectors including  Nuclear, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Ministry of Defence ,The Department for Transport and now more recently Rail. The recent growth in interest within the Rail sector has been fuelled by both opportunities identified within the McNulty report for greater efficiencies within UK Rail and the call from Sir David Higgins in 2011, for a more collaborative approach to help reach the ORR’s efficiency targets.

When the McNulty Report was published in May 2011, it made numerous references to the benefits that collaborative working could bring to the Rail sector and specifically mentioned BS11000 as a tool for achieving it.

The Standard, which is the first its kind and is receiving world wide recognition and interest, offers a framework developed to enhance and strengthen Collaborative Business Relationships. It is developed as a multi-stage process, which builds on an organisation’s existing best practice. - from concept to disengagement. It covers areas such as Awareness Knowledge, Internal Assessment, Partner selection, Working relationship, Additional value creation, staying together and Exit strategy.

Simon Jamieson, RT Infrastructure Solution’ CEO was clearly delighted with the accreditation and commented “RTIS’s biggest challenge has been to take what has predominately been a large company initiative utilised in improving its supply chain relationship, and convert it into an integrated part of an SME’s management system aimed at improving our ability  to identify and establish, where appropriate strong collaborative  relationships with Customers and Suppliers to deliver joint success.

There is clearly much work ahead if we are to realise all the benefits that BS 11000 and collaborative working in general offers the Rail industry, as was so clearly emphasised within the McNulty report. Organisations in the sector will need to gain a full understanding of collaborative working.  They will need to establish collaborative leadership skills and train staff accordingly. New processes will need to be introduced and, critically, new cultures and behaviours will need to be developed.

 One of the key areas of collaborative working is that it seeks to bring companies together to develop fresh and new ideas that can bring benefits to both parties. We are obviously extremely pleased to have achieved accreditation, however although accreditation is reassuring we are just as hopeful that applying the  BS11000 process will reinforce our commitment to seek and  form stronger and lasting relationships with existing and new customers who recognise the benefits of working collaborate”.