Thomas Graham, the family-run steel stockholder and industrial supplies merchant, has topped a new awards scheme unveiled by Sellafield Ltd to showcase the very best performers within its supply chain.
The Sellafield Ltd Supplier Awards were launched earlier this year with a view to giving supply chain partners the opportunity to demonstrate their quality and performance. And Thomas Graham snapped up the opportunity by taking both the winner and runner-up awards in the SME Innovation category. The company also received a commendation in a second category for ‘going the extra mile’ and now moves forward into the NDA national awards.
The staff at Thomas Graham’s Egremont branch, who are responsible for the day to day running of the contract, and sales director Garry Smith worked closely with representatives at Sellafield to introduce innovative solutions which enhanced safe working conditions for employees and promoted cost and time-effective practices.
The winning solution was based on an intelligent locker system able to track and trace industrial equipment used from the locker. It also boasted a digital reporting system allowing Sellafield employees to quickly check the calibration status of equipment. The features were proven to enhance efficiency and streamline daily work practices.
In addition, the category runner-up saw Thomas Graham introduce an all-new grinding machine after identifying a host of safety related improvements the equipment could offer.
The awards are due to run twice yearly and consist of four separate categories – Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Innovation, Supplier going the extra mile, Innovation from a large company and Best supply chain collaboration. The awards were presented at Sellafield’s annual Supplier Form held at Energus, Workington, which attracted over 550 attendees.
Garry Smith, Thomas Graham sales director, said: “As an SME supplier to Sellafield, we have always focused on adding value through a partnership approach allowing us to provide expert advice and promote innovative and intelligent solutions. We welcome the launch of the awards as I feel they offer us a chance to excel and really lay down the firm foundations for a long-term supply partnership.”
Stuart Wilson, Sellafield Ltd Supply Chain Ombudsman, said: “Our supply chain partners do some terrific work for us and this is a chance for them to highlight excellent examples of the work that they carry out on a daily and weekly basis. They were judged in categories such as safety performance, delivery service, quality of goods and excellence in providing a good customer service.”
Garry Smith, Thomas Graham sales director, receives the winning SME Innovation award from George Beveridge, Sellafield deputy managing director.
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