We as HV Wooding have been involved within the Rail industry for many years and the component requirements fit within our diverse range of services, however, this typically falls into Busbar manufacture, Pressed components and now Laser cutting.
After much deliberation onto how to develop further our relationship within the Rail industry there really was only one clear path and that was to become part of the well-respected RISQS (Railway industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) twinned with Achilles. RISQS is a supplier qualification scheme – that means we are audited and assessed to industry standards and are already pre-qualified to work with over 110 buying organisations. The scheme embraces rail’s qualification arrangements previously known as Link-up.
RISQS is industry-owned, sponsored by a board of representatives from across the rail industry. This reports into the RSSB Board and provides a range of services to support operational delivery of the scheme. This provides the industry ownership and governance of its supplier qualification arrangements. In December 2014, RSSB signed an agreement with Achilles Information Ltd, securing provision of audit services and access to the related IT platform for RISQS through to April 2017. By involving Achilles, industry is benefiting from their experience of running its predecessor, Link-up, for over 20 years.
We are confident that our latest investment in RISQS will boost our standing within the rail industry and will provide our customers, alongside future customer’s confidence in our now accredited to the rail industry services.