Be a supplier

Safety, Reliability and Corporate Social Responsibility are more important than ever to First Great Western.

First Great Western is working towards developing a more consistent and standardised approach to supplier qualification and evaluation to help it achieve its business and procurement objectives and to improve the management of supply chain risks.

In support of this First Great Western has introduced the Total Supplier Management Solution (TSMS) which operates in conjunction with the Achilles Link-up scheme, an industry standard for supplier pre-qualification. For categories of goods and services that are considered high risk, suppliers are required to be registered on Link-up where a thorough assessment of Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental capabilities is undertaken before they can become an approved supplier.

First Great Western will also utilise the TSMS and Link-up services to identify potential suppliers for inclusion in any future tenders for goods and services.

Should you wish to become an approved First Great Western supplier you need to:

  • Step 1: Complete the registration questionnaire here which will only take a few moments of your time. If you are identified by the system as ‘low risk’, you will not be required to take any further action. There is no cost associated with this level of registration.
  • Step 2: For certain high risk categories, it is a condition of supplying to First Great Western that suppliers are registered on Link-up where a more detailed assessment of Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental capabilities is undertaken. This involves the payment of an annual subscription fee. Depending upon your risk rating you may also be required to undergo a further assessment of your management systems.

Once you have completed and submitted your registration we will contact you again with the details of any further steps you may need to take to become an approved First Great Western supplier. If you're already a registered supplier click here

If you have any questions regarding the First Great Western TSMS or Link-up, please contact the Achilles Team directly on 01235 838018, or via email