Lyn Perry, Estates Director for Trust Inns, said: "The decision to outsource contractor assessment will save time and resources, while providing a best practice compliance process that limits risk and liability.
"Since Altius has a number of clients in the licensed trade, many of our contractors are already Altius Assured, and for those who aren't, there's an opportunity for them to win new work from within the Altius network. The online service will give us better visibility of our supply chain and enable us to identify new suppliers where we have gaps in provision."
The Altius online supplier accreditation and management system takes an evidence-based approach to checking supplier competencies – from health and safety compliance through to financial health, environmental performance, customer service and corporate social responsibility.
Assessment can be tailored to the specific tasks individual contractors will perform and new criteria can be added to reflect new regulations, or requirements.
The Altius Vendor Assessment system won the 2011 British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Award for Innovation in Technology and Systems. The service is free to clients and main contractors seeking verified suppliers, and there's a small annual fee for vendors. Altius are accredited by Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), providing its assured vendors with the widest possible recognition of their status under mutual recognition arrangements.
Altius manages contractor assessment for companies such as: Airbus; Morrison's; Selfridges,; General Healthcare Group; SGP Property and Facilities Management; Punch Taverns; Wolseley; Arcadia Group and Superdrug.
Gary Plant, Managing Director of Altius Vendor Assessment, said: “We're delighted to work with Trust Inns to help them improve management of their supply chain and provide them with confidence that all contractors undertaking work on their premises have met stringent compliance and commercial checks.”