SGP Property and Facilities Management is outsourcing supplier assessment to Altius Vendor Assessment to save more than £100,000 per year on staffing, reduce its insurance bill by £20,000, and improve quality and safety standards.
The company, which last year managed more than £1 billion of property spend and £170 million of maintenance spend on behalf of its customers, partners with Altius to ensure contractors are fully assured. This minimises risk and liability for both SGP and its clients.
Peter Hall, Director of Risk Management for SGP and Deputy Chairman of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. “We are confident that all our contractors have passed a transparent and robust assessment process and that they can provide the stringent, professional standards required.”
“Our accident rate has reduced since using Altius, but it’s not all about health and safety. Contractors are also assessed on financial health, adequacy of insurance cover, and other competences. They can also choose to achieve elite vendor status by demonstrating excellence in areas such as customer service, quality management, environmental performance and corporate social responsibility.”
The Altius service is free to client companies, with a small fee applied to contractors to cover the assessment process, and support in helping them gain compliance and to raise their performance. Membership offers contractors access to significant new business opportunities through Altius’ client company network, including: Airbus, Arcadia Group, Punch Taverns, Wolseley, Selfridges, Superdrug, and other leading UK organisations.
In addition, the service also helps suppliers to ease the burden of tendering for work outside the Altius network, as they can share their online information to prove their credentials to other clients or assessment providers, often avoiding duplication in completing pre-qualification procedures twice. This is a two-way process as through its membership of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), Altius recognises other approved bodies’ health and safety assessments.