Achilles UVDB Audit

16 September 2019

For the second successive year, we are delighted to have achieved a near perfect score in our Achilles UVDB Audit.

Operated by Achilles on behalf of all the major UK utility organisations, the Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) Audit is the foremost pre-qualification scheme used by the UK utilities sector to manage risk within the supply chain and to ensure compliance with EU regulations.

Over 1,500 buyers from more than eighty UK utilities companies, such as National Grid, Manchester Airport, Scottish Power, SSE and Thames Water use Achilles UVDB to find suitably qualified suppliers, so it’s incredibly important to us that we achieve as highly as we possibly can. This accreditation gives buyers confidence in LARS, knowing that we have been pre-qualified, as well as audited, by an industry leading accreditation organisation.

The audit is a rigorous two-day process where LARS’ Management Systems (MSE) and Site Activities (SITE) are put under the microscope. Each of these business areas are scrutinised for Corporate and Social Responsibility, Health and Safety, Environment and Quality. We are delighted to announce that we achieved a mean score of 100% in both areas – the actual breakdown is included below:

MSE

CSR:                            98%
Environmental:        100%
Health and Safety:   100%
Quality:                      100%

SITE

CSR:                            100%
Environmental:        100%
Health and Safety:   100%
Quality:                      100%

Our Business Development Manager, Julian Cooper, was quick to praise everyone involved, saying; “This has been a fantastic team effort – well done to everybody involved. We continually assess our systems and practices, so for this to be recognised by an independent organisation is a huge boost. I hope that by successfully regaining our Achilles UVDB accreditation, LARS will continue to be on the radar of some of the UK’s leading utilities companies.”

Achilles UVDB Verify is an independent audit of an organisation’s Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) management systems and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). By undertaking the assessment process, suppliers and contractors will gain a clear understanding of the industry’s qualification requirements.

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