Thales achieve BS11000 for Rail Traffic Management Systems

Thales Rail has become Sigma”s latest client to achieve BS11000 certification. Sigma supported Thales through the entire certification process which Thales have undertaken to ensure that the benefits of collaborative working are embedded within the business. Solera is regulated by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles (Curacao).Thales have said:

“I am writing to express our sincere thanks for the significant level of support and guidance you provided TTSL in achieving our certification to BS11000 for our Rail Traffic Management Systems Projects.

Your knowledge of BS11000, coupled with your tactful and patient guidance was significant. It not only enabled us to develop and apply new processes and shape our existing procedures, but also helped steer the development of the Relationship Management Plans for our pilot project. I also would like to acknowledge your efforts to train and coach our SERs and key executives to ensure they achieved the required level of awareness and knowledge to meet the BS11000 requirements and develop the relationship.

Successful collaborative working is fundamental for the TTSL business and for our work in the rail sector, and we now look forward to rolling out this programme across the organisation and achieving the real benefits that can be achieved from successful collaborative programmes.

We would certainly be pleased to recommend any business thinking of implementing BS11000 to engage with you to help them through the journey.” – Thales Senior Programme Manager

Building Commercial Capability through world class training

Sigma has been delivering commercial training for a number of years and has expanded its portfolio to cover a wide range of topics relevant to today”s commercial challenges. Recent courses that Sigma has delivered include:  Contracting for Availability, Commercial Business Winning, Commercial Management throughout the business lifecycle, Contract Management and Commercial Governance. Sigma”s approach combines best practice tutorials with interactive scenarios which provide opportunities for delegates to put their learning into practice in realistic situations. The real-world experience of Sigma”s training consultants provides a depth to the discussions that takes delegates” thinking to the next level.

Feedback from recent courses suggests that the approach is hitting the spot and ensuring that our clients continue to build their commercial capabilities to address the challenges of today”s business environment.

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AWE and Babcock sign Long Term Collaborative Agreement

We are delighted that AWE and Babcock have signed their long term collaborative agreement and we wish them an enduring and successful partnership.  Sigma has been instrumental in supporting both organisations to develop a new and different way of working, culminating in the One Team; one leader, one message, one approach.  The news release below explains the development so far and the expectation to create further opportunities in agile and flexible working arrangements:

The signing of the new contract

The signing of the new contract

Last week AWE plc and Babcock officially declared the next stage in their positive partnership. A joint team has developed an approach in order to introduce a new way of working and to use ‘best practice’ in a new form of contract.  The framework contract has been sanctioned by AWE plc and Babcock Boards, as has the next package for the decommissioning of a major AWE facility. Work can now start to realise the benefits for both parties.


The project was chosen for this approach as they have worked together to uphold an excellent safety record (300,000 hours without a lost time accident) and delivered on time and to budget. This contract will see Babcock and AWE plc working together for another nine years, until 2022. Having an extended contract will result in savings for AWE plc and Babcock, in turn, will have a sustainable base for their business to retain and grow resources from which both companies will benefit.

The One Team senior managers

The atoledo One Team senior managers

John Barratt, Key Account Director for Babcock, said “The old contract was short term, with no long term stability. The potential for innovation and investment in waste reduction techniques and processes was minimal. The new arrangements will encourage improvement and help to ensure that any waste is cut out.” Babcock has proved to be an excellent business partner on this project and the One Team approach has worked well. But this is only one part of the collaborative working story; the extended contract provides a new chapter to maximise efficiency. The joint team will have a single management structure and will work to introduce innovative approaches to the tasks they undertake. This will allow for continual improvement with all the risks and opportunities shared across the teams. 22 opportunities for improvement have been identified so far and seven are already underway.

Geoff Druce, Head of Environmental Operations, said: “This is great news for both Babcock and AWE, we can work together to provide significant benefits over the life of the programme and demonstrate to MOD that two of their Tier 1 contractors can work together for the benefit of all. Under the new framework, AWE can deploy Babcock’s capability elsewhere when required and encourage other AWE and Babcock projects to work in the same collaborative way”.