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How do you evaluate a new supplier?

Posted by Len Simmons on Jun 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Identifying new suppliers to work with is always a hard decision to make. Even the combination of a recommendation from an industry colleague, and the supplier’s ability to showcase their capability, isn’t enough to make you sure that the new partnership will be successful.

While many companies take a calculated risk by appointing a new supplier, unsure whether problems will occur further down the line; there is a three-step framework that can help companies better appoint new suppliers – and ensure they are meeting standards long into the future.

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Altius partners with health and safety app Work Wallet

Posted by Len Simmons on Apr 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 

Altius have announced a new strategic partnership with health and safety app, Work Wallet.

Work Wallet is a mobile app that aids connecting people, places and processes to help provide a safer working environment – an especially vital tool for those businesses in the rail, construction and logistics industries.

Speaking on the new strategic partnership, Altius COO, Len Simmons said, “Work Wallet’s intelligent approach to linking up data is where the difference lies. We’re really enthusiastic that our clients and their contractors will be able to significantly improve their processes with this platform.”

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Five benefits of investing in contractor management software

Posted by Len Simmons on Apr 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Contractor management software is a brilliant way of managing supply chain compliance. Far from the approach of using a dated spreadsheet to manage suppliers, smart software frees up your time, keeps processes transparent and ensures you keep control of your supply chain. 

Here we look at six key benefits that you can take advantage of by investing in contractor management software.

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Creating an ethical procurement policy in light of the Modern Slavery Act update

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 22, 2016 10:04:30 AM

The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015 has made UK companies sit up and take notice of their supply chain more than they ever have done before. Companies have been quick to assess their supply chain, but also to ensure that they are adhering to the updated legislation with a code of conduct and an ethical procurement policy.

An ethical procurement policy must make it clear to suppliers that compliance with requirements related to the Code of Conduct is mandatory. This requirement applies not only to existing suppliers but also to supplier selection and retention. This policy will be useful to set out what the process will be when breaches are found.

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How to avoid debt bondage happening in your supply chain

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 15, 2016 9:20:08 AM

The Modern Day Slavery Act implemented by the UK Government in 2015 was welcome news as global leaders fight to out-rule modern slavery. For business here in the UK since the Act was introduced, it has been a learning curve to first understand what is now required to meet legislation, and second to implement a code of conduct and procurement policy that safeguards the future of the business.

Within this learning curve, the nuances of what to look out for in susceptible supply chains have been identified by international groups and charities to help businesses stay compliant. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has identified a number of indicators that constitute forced labour and all of which are covered in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This includes:

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Why subcontractors fail and what to do about it

Posted by Len Simmons on Oct 11, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Contract, Facilities, and Procurement managers will know the gut-wrenching feeling when the phone rings from a subcontractor reporting an incident or delay to the project! Some instances cannot be avoided, but you are in a position to negate as many problems as possible by understanding just why some subcontractors fail.

Speaking on leading construction website, For Construction Pros, expert Gary Goldman shared his experiences of three reasons why subcontractors fail. With 20 years’ experience in the landscaping industry, Gary has come across common subcontractor problems that are synonymous throughout all sectors and industries.

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Step-by-step guide to managing subcontractors effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on Oct 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

With big projects, it’s necessary for you to look for extra help, but with it comes extra responsibilities. As a contract manager, you need to manage the project which involves planning, coordination, while remaining in control of the various tasks that take place to complete the project, which can be a lot to handle, on top of daily duties.

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Expert opinions: 5 common mistakes companies make when managing subcontractors

Posted by Len Simmons on Sep 28, 2016 11:03:55 AM

Subcontractor problems, such as delays and incidents can really hit your projects hard, leading to disgruntled clients and bosses too. Thankfully, these problems are a common occurrence, which means experts from different backgrounds and sectors have their own opinion on what can be done to negate problems before they happen.

Here, we share the opinions of industry experts on five of the most common mistakes companies make when managing subcontractors.

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How will you score in our subcontractor questionnaire?

Posted by Len Simmons on Sep 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Managing subcontractors brings its own set of challenges to all contract and facilities managers. Whether subcontractors fail to finish their work on time, or they leave you with an incident on site to sort, it means your neck is on the line when something goes wrong.

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5 things you are responsible for if you’re managing subcontractors

Posted by Gary Plant on Sep 13, 2016 8:50:40 AM

As subcontractors aren’t full-time, or regular employees of your business, it can sometimes be a difficult task to manage their roles and responsibilities, on top of your daily job. But, it’s important that you monitor them as much as you do your own employees, if not more.

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