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5 key speakers to watch at PfH Live 2016

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 20, 2016 11:52:13 AM

Procurement for Housing is set to welcome over 8,000 delegates to their biggest exhibition and conference yet, PfH Live 2016 in Manchester. Last year saw some great insight from the panel sessions on key industry topics and issues – and this year is no different.

Over the three-day event, PfH, combined with the Housing 2016 conference and exhibition, will welcome more industry experts from across the country to share their experiences and expertise on better procurement for housing associations. Of the many seminars and panel sessions set to be hosted in June at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, here’s five that you must take the time out to watch.

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Topics: Housing Association

Health and safety manager’s guide to monitoring social housing contractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Jun 14, 2016 8:27:45 AM

Keeping on top of all your social housing contractors can be a tough task, especially when you have to oversee a variety of areas, from plumbers, electricians to even window cleaners. Every project that each of your contractors’ works on is different, with different policies, requirements and targets.

But, by having a stringent process in place for monitoring your contractors, you can make your job a little easier, and the management of contractors a lot more effective.

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Topics: Housing Association

Altius launch housing association compliance eBook to help manage contractors

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 7, 2016 11:50:33 AM

As procurement, contract and health and safety teams in housing associations are now under increasing pressure to meet budget, regulation, timings and compliance pressures, Altius have launched a new guide dedicated to alleviating some of that pressure.

The Best Practice Guide to Social Housing Contractor Compliance aims to help associations streamline their contractor capability, management, and monitoring processes to help save time and money in the organisation.

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Topics: Housing Association

How to conduct your social housing contractors audit effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on May 24, 2016 4:43:50 PM
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Topics: Housing Association

5 qualifications you should expect your social housing contractors to have

Posted by Gary Plant on May 24, 2016 4:35:31 PM

Reputation is extremely important when it comes to the success of a housing association, and a lot of a housing association’s credibility is built on their contractors and the work that they carry out, in terms of quality and timescales.

With this said, it is becoming increasingly important for contractors to hold and maintain recognised and up to date qualifications to prove their ability to work, alongside their relevant experience and references.

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Topics: Housing Association

Free seminar briefs businesses on revised Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines

Posted by Gary Plant on Apr 18, 2016 3:53:53 PM

Businesses are invited to find out how to protect themselves against stiffer penalties under the revised Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines at a free seminar in Leicester on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Keynote speaker Phil Taylor, Head of Health and Safety for supermarket group Morrisons, will join compliance and legal experts from joint hosts Altius and Howes Percival LLP to explain the updated Sentencing Guidelines.

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Topics: Health and Safety

The perfect supplier audit: A Q&A with supply chain industry expert

Posted by Gary Plant on Apr 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The development or use of audit systems ensures that your team can regularly check the compliance of suppliers, the provision of resources, and the ability to continue serving your company in the future. Reminders and records of previous audits are invaluable when dealing with a large supply chain.

Many companies implement auditing when a supplier is underperforming, by which time it is often too late. Additionally, this means suppliers see audits as a negative undertaking, carried out only to find problems in the process.

To find out more about creating the perfect supplier audit, Altius Managing Director Gary Plant answered your most commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Assessment Focus

Eight critical KPIs for assessing your supply chain performance

Posted by Gary Plant on Apr 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

After choosing a supplier to carry out the work you require, your attention should shift towards the contract, and what can be done to ensure it is fully executed. Between you and the supplier, you should be: ensuring you both fulfil your expectations of each other, manage the risk and any supply chain vulnerability, and deliver continuous improvement and learnings.

To do this, key performance indicators (KPIs) should be identified at the start, and monitored against on a regular occurrence, to ensure the supplier is performing to the standard you require. Of course, the KPIs you look to monitor against will differ depending upon the supplier’s work.

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Topics: Assessment Focus

Five compliance techniques that guarantee poor supply chain operations

Posted by Gary Plant on Mar 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Have you got ambitions of creating an inefficient and broken supply chain? Of course not. But the actions that some supply chain managers still undertake mean they’re putting their business, suppliers and contractors at risk too.

Whether you’re simply time poor to complete all the tasks, or feel like your processes need updating, here’s five compliance techniques that you should try and avoid at all cost unless you want to guarantee poor supply chain operations.

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Topics: Assessment Focus

7 common frustrations every supply chain manager would recognise

Posted by Gary Plant on Mar 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There are days when being a supply chain manager can test your patience and question your career decision! Thankfully, these moments only last a short period of time and are completely normal within the industry. Here’s 7 common frustrations that you will probably recognise already…

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Topics: Assessment Focus