How to become a supplier

We aim to buy goods and services
  • competitively
  • economically
  • ethically and
  • efficiently.

We also have to follow a range of UK legislation in this area. In particular, the requirements of the Utilities Contracts Regulations.

We use the Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) when looking for potential suppliers. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition that suppliers register on the UVDB.

In certain cases, we would also need suppliers to prove further compliance around
  • health and safety
  • quality
  • environmental capabilities
  • corporate social responsibility
  • giving us a higher level of assurance using the Achilles Verify process.

If you wish to become one of our potential suppliers please see Achilles Supplier Solutions.

Cadent's standard Terms and Conditions

What we expect from our suppliers

The purpose of this document is to share our expectations and fundamental principles, which should extend into the supply chain. We value our business relationships. The companies we work with play an essential part in helping create a more socially and environmentally responsible supply chain.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Already a supplier? Understanding our Supply Chain changes

Guide to our purchasing process​

Ariba Network for Suppliers

Ariba Supplier Frequently Asked Questions