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Are archaic supplier management and reporting methods holding back FM industry?

Posted by Len Simmons on Aug 31, 2016 12:31:01 PM

Many managers are failing to use software to manage the FM function, according to the Annual FM Software survey by Service Works Group and i-FM. In this technological age, 31% of FM organisations are still relying on spreadsheets (Excel) and 14% on paper-based tools, the survey reports.

According to the authors, such a failure to make use of modern software is "leaving (those firms) not only without global access to information for consistent management reporting, but also vulnerable to serious service failure, lack of compliance or health and safety breaches."

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BS 16000 standard: New security management guideline published

Posted by Altius on Jul 21, 2015 12:23:02 PM

BSI has released new strategic and operational guidelines to help organisations of all sizes to manage security.

While existing standards cover specific security topics, such as alarms, CCTV and screening, BSI says that its BS 16000 standard provides a "much needed generic, security management framework".

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How to avoid buying in supply chain risk

Posted by Altius on Jun 28, 2015 6:35:52 PM

In an article first published on the Supply Management blog, Altius Managing Director Gary Plant advises on six vital steps procurement managers can take to cut supplier risk.

A survey of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) has revealed that supplier risk is a major concern. 45% of CPOs responding to the Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey conducted by Consero Group, named vendor threats as their biggest worry.

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PAS 91 at heart of UK government construction procurement strategy

Posted by Altius on Apr 7, 2015 11:07:28 AM

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a new construction procurement strategy, designed to simplify processes and make local contracts more open to small and medium sized construction firms.

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How to improve supplier relationships in four clear steps

Posted by Altius on Feb 11, 2015 6:45:55 PM


On St Valentine's Day, when we exchange cards, flowers and chocolates with our loved ones, it is sometimes hard for some to fall hopelessly in love with suppliers and contractors!

Love-drunk businesses may be tempted to enter into untested supply relationships, or forego the continuous compliance assessment of a ‘loyal’ supplier. It's important not to get carried away and let the head rule the heart. We all know how quickly ‘Love is in the air’ can turn into a twisted take on a Marvin Gaye classic; ‘I heard it through the supply-chain’.

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Is asbestos in your supply chain? The importance of risk profiling suppliers

Posted by Altius on Jan 14, 2015 5:58:21 PM

In light of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) asbestos safety campaign, are robust protective measures built into your supply chain?

The HSE ‘Beware Asbestos’ campaign paints a bleak picture of the asbestos situation in the UK. Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and can still be found in many unlikely places such as ceiling tiles, boilers, lofts, and guttering. If disturbed and inhaled, asbestos can cause a number of diseases - the most fatal of which are mesothelioma and lung cancer. Diseases such as these claim the lives of 20 trades people each week.

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How to manage your supply chain financial health better this year

Posted by Altius on Jan 5, 2015 3:53:32 PM

Forecasters are cautiously optimistic about the UK economy in 2016 and beyond. This is beginning to rub off on businesses, who are extending their supply chains to take advantage of new opportunities. But it is important to keep your guard up before entering into untested supply relationships.

If you plan to freshen up your supply chain throughout the year, make sure you carry out thorough financial checks before making a commitment to any new supplier, helping you to improve your supply chain financial health.

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Altius IT infrastructure passes ultimate security stress test

Posted by Altius on Aug 22, 2014 12:52:20 PM

The Altius Vendor Assessment Exigo software for Supply-Chain Compliance Management has been put to the ultimate security test and proven that it is highly resistant to cyber security attack.

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Taking supplier information management seriously

Posted by Altius on Aug 14, 2014 11:39:45 AM

Effective management of supplier information can save time and money, and reduce risk in the FM sector. Gary Plant, Managing Director of Altius, makes the case in a feature published on i-fm.net.

The recent research based on a poll by Trade Interchange shows a poor grasp of supplier information in the FM sector, but it is encouraging to see that almost 60% of those FM professionals polled plan to invest in improving supplier information management processes and systems over the next 18 months.

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Clwyd Refrigeration joins business elite

Posted by Altius on Dec 6, 2012 3:32:42 PM

Congratulations to Clwyd Refrigeration www.clwydrefrigeration.com on becoming an Altius Elite Vendor. They have passed a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process that proves they adhere to the highest possible standards of professionalism by meeting the stringent requirements of all five of the Altius Assessment Globes (Commercial, Risk Management, Customer Service, Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality Management).

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