NEWS

RICA AGM - 9 June 2021

The AGM was held and reports heard from the Secretary, Treasurer and Chair

Following this the New Board were voted in and their details can be found on the “Board” page

We then heard from Emma Jones and Jo Aster-Duggan of SENTINEL who’s presentation can be found HERE

WEBINAR - 28 Jan 2021

We were delighted to hear from:

· The Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School who told us about the extensive resources available on their website which are available free to members. Link to his presentation is here


· Nathan Thomas – Strategic Category Manager Infrastructure for Network Rail who outlined the way Network Rail is developing category strategies and the progress on the strategy for Buildings and Civils. Link to his presentation is here


Upcoming Webinars include:

· Free Training Brokerage and Worker Database

· An update from Network Rail on their SME supplier development

Dates will be advised shortly


LATEST FROM DfT SME Working Group

For the latest information on:

  • The balanced scorecard approach to tender evaluation

  • The Social Value Act (10% weighting on tender evaluation)

  • Covid-19 Recovery plans

  • Tackling Economic Inequality

  • Encouraging innovation

  • T-TRIG Grants

and much more follow Link here

FROM CLIVE BERRINGTON - October 2020

Commercial & Procurement Director | Route Services

Wellbeing Live

We have just one week to go before Rail Wellbeing Live (4 and 5 November). This free online event provides informative and interactive workshops designed to support the mental and physical health of everyone working in our industry.

The event is now the biggest one in rail with more than 7,000 people already signed up. It’s proved so popular more sessions are being provided. The agenda is pick and mix, so you can attend as many or as few sessions as you like. And for those in your teams working shifts, all the content will be available 24/7 for two weeks after the event, but you’ll still need to register to access it.


IMPORTANT UPDATES – JUNE 2020

INFORMATION FROM THE NETWORK RAIL STRATEGIC SUPPLIERS MEETING

Notes from the Covid-19 Strategic Supplier Meeting of 17 June

Link to Covid-19 information on Safety Central

NETWORK RAIL INITIATIVE - THINK RISK & TAKE 5

Explanation letter

Introduction to “Think RISK & Take 5”

SME ACTION PLAN UPDATE

Action plan update

RICA AGM deferred until September 2020

IR 35 Delayed

Speaking at the despatch box in the Budget debate in the Commons on Tue 17 March, Steve Barclay (Chief Treasury Secretary) confirmed that the changes, which will clamp down on tax avoidance by targeting contractors for companies who are, in practice, providing the same service as employees, would not go ahead in April as previously expected.

Instead, the measures will come into effect on 6 April next year.

RICA Annual General Meeting

Provisional date for AGM is 9th June 2020 but this is not confirmed due to current circumstances

If any members would like to join the RICA Board please contact the Company Secretary, Pino DeRosa - contact details on the "Board" pages


RICA Forum - March 2020

A really busy day of presentations, discussion and debate.

Nathan Thomas - N Rail Category Manager for Infrastructure explained the new approach to supplier relations for both prospective and ongoing suppliers. He went on to outline the plans regarding their Frontline Labour contract (formerly Contingent labour) advising that the current contracts will be extended for one year from April 2020. This extension will be used to trial a number of improvements and they will be tendering for new suppliers during the coming 12 months.

Ken Blackley - N Rail Commercial Director, Route Services told us of the progress being made against their SME action plan which seeks to ensure that at least 33% of their work will be carried out by SMEs by 2021/22. He also provided details of the spending pipeline which they hope to make available in a format that will be useful to smaller potential suppliers.

Rupert Lown - N Rail Group HSQE Director and Eoin O'Neill - N Rail Capital Delivery Director NW & Central talked about the tremendous progress on safety that had been made during CP5 but emphasised the need to continue the push for improvement during CP6. They then led a discussion with the members about how both N Rail and their Principal Contractors can do things better in order to enable improved safety and quality from the second and third tier suppliers

All our guests kindly make their presentations available to RICA members

RICA Forum - October 2019

  • Guests included Ken Blackley - Commercial Director Route Services for Network Rail, who is also their SME Champion and is approaching this task with energy.

  • He told us he wants to hold a RICA Focus Group to help inform him as to how best to help SMEs get more work. This will take place at the start of 2020

  • We also circulated the BEIS Export Survey letter provided by Ken to enable members to compete the survey if they wished to

  • Bill Cook - Head of Workforce Safety for Network Rail told us he is part of the selection process for the next round of Contingent Labour contracts and asked for feedback as to what they could do better with this.

  • Chris Barry and Shane Canning from the GLA told us about the new Good Work Standard. Their presentation included a link to take you to the start of the journey to become accredited.

  • Finally the RICA Board promoted a discussion on the format of future Forums. It has been suggested that we start earlier - say 09-30 with breakfast baps from 09-00 and finish at lunchtime to allow members to do something else in the afternoon.

The RICA Forum and AGM - May 2019

  • At the AGM we had reports from the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and copies of these are available to members on request.

  • In the morning we heard from a team from the Western Route about the changes coming which will remove the need for "Strapmen" and facilitate the use of narrow track access windows

  • Women in Rail founder Adeline Ginn told us of the advantages of diversity and her work to promote women in rail

  • Chris and Paul from JSA Crest told us about the developments with IR35 and the forthcoming dangers to agencies who may face liabilities if they don't make the right preparations for the changes coming in April 2020

  • Bill Cook from Network Rail provided an update on some remarkably sensible developments within workforce safety

RICA Forum - January 2019

  • Members discussion on HAVS

  • Contingent Labour

  • SWL Feedback Review

  • PTS course changes

  • Guests included

    • RISQS Scheme Manager

    • Highways England

    • Network Rail