Ben Ainslie Racing, the sailing team established by multiple Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie to mount a British challenge for the America’s Cup, is to use procurement technology to make its purchases more sustainable.
The team has signed up to use software provided by MatrixSCM, which will allow the team to incorporate sustainability criteria into procurement decisions, which are traditionally based solely on price and technical specification.
The team hopes this will allow it to open the market to smaller, local suppliers, particularly those located in the Solent region where the team is based.
Andy Hindley, COO at BAR, said: “We have so much engineering talent in the Solent area, and we are keen to ensure we maximise our engagement with all those firms and people. The Matrix platform enables us to take a far more sophisticated approach to engaging with and managing our suppliers.”
BAR also plans to hold a supplier open day later this month to engage with local businesses.
In July the UK government pledged £7.5 million, with an extra £1.4 million from Portsmouth City Council, to develop a HQ for the team in the city which will employ 90 people and support jobs in the local supply chain.
Ainslie – sometimes referred to as Britain’s greatest sailor since Sir Francis Drake owing to his Olympic exploits – was on the victorious team the last time the ‘auld mug’, as the trophy is nicknamed, was contested in 2013, when he helped Oracle Team USA fight back from eight-one down to defeat rival Emirates Team New Zealand nine-eight.