Our supply chain partners are essential in supporting us when delivering our projects; small and medium enterprises (SME) are a critical element of that supply chain.

SME's play a significant role in the growth of the economy and in 2020 accounted for 60% of all private sector employment. As such Murphy is committed to providing supply chain opportunities to these enterprises.

  • To support and achieve the governments spend target of 33% of external spend with SME’s by 2022.
  • To implement and assure a minimum tender duration in support of better timescales for our supply chain, including avoidance of tender work requirements during public holidays (i.e. Christmas and bank holidays). Also to maximise the use of frameworks where appropriate, minimising the administration burden and reducing transactional activities for our SME’s.
  • To implement our own procurement pipeline for rail related goods, works & services and provide our suppliers with up to date forecasts of our work pipeline visibility.
  • To provide SME’s with direct access to the Network Rail Standards.
  • To share appropriate references for organisations within our supply chain who are bidding for overseas contracts or export opportunities.
  • Fair payment terms, Murphy is a founding member of the Network Rail Fair payment charter and as such have put assurances in place so that payment retention is not permitted, in addition, all of our contracts contain provisions for the real living wage.
  • Prompt payment times, ensuring payment on time and compliance against the fair payment charters 28-day payment terms. As of July 2021, our SME payment days average is 27 days.
  • Sharing of innovation with our supply chain, utilising our Ip3 platform (link above) to share innovation within our industry for others to learn and share.

Murphy understands the importance of ‘social value’ and its role within the supply chain and is committed to applying a greater focus throughout all major procurement activities. Social value through our supply chain will be evaluated based on qualitative responses from bidders, and not on volumes, meaning that larger suppliers will not receive an advantage based on scale alone. Bidders must set out what they will deliver and how they will deliver it and it is this information that will be scored in bid evaluations. Within our transportation sector we are committed to incorporating this into our tendering activities, introducing a 10% weighting of social value within our ITT (invitation to tender) from April 2022.


The Rail Sector Deal sets out a new approach to the rail industry and the government working in partnership to transform the rail sector by taking actions to increase the use of digital technology, boost productivity, improve the service received by those who use the railways and build the skills of the UK workforce to capitalise on these opportunities. The delivery of the Sector Deal will equip the railway for its strategic role as a driver of economic growth and to provide a positive experience for passengers and freight users through this century and beyond.

Murphy has proudly worked within the rail sector for over 60 years and supports the governments aspirations to improve the rail industry through improved passenger experience, the economy and the rail industry supply chain.

  • Countries currently operating in; UK, Ireland and Canadian Markets (no intention currently to operate in any additional markets).
  • Countries currently exporting goods and services to; Irish markets, Canadian markets (no intention currently to export goods and services to any additional markets).

For further information please contact Matthew Paget, Senior Procurement Manager - matthewpaget@murphygroup.co.uk.