Thirteen members of the Kier Highways supply chain in Area 3 have achieved certification to BS 11000 Collaborative Business Relationships.
It is part of a new alliance approach to certification, pioneered by Kier and BSI (British Standards Institution). Demonstrating a leading commitment to collaborative working, Kier developed the Alliance approach with BSI, by facilitating the process for its supply chain partners, currently working in the Area 3 contract for Kier and client Highways England, to adopt a single collaborative working system. The Alliance approach enabled members of the Kier supply chain to collectively fund and resource certification but then to become certified to BS 11000.
In amongst the thick of the action is Crown Highways, who are delighted to announce their BS 11000 certification.
As part of the collaboration, Crown Highways are members of all the Area 3 supply chain working groups and the Joint Management Team. Having proved their capabilities by completing many loop detection and signage projects in the region, Crown further cemented their reputation for excellence by attending improvement workshops, training days, forums and best practice meetings.
As the UK’s National Standards Body, BSI is responsible for developing British Standards and for representing UK Interests in international and European standard organisations such as ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation). Traditionally, SMEs and supply chain partners have sought certification individually. However, this scheme enables members of the Alliance to share the experience of gaining BS 11000 certification, which will then help them to generate operational savings and efficiencies, become more resilient and increase the potential of winning new business. Each Alliance partner can also extend the scope of certification into other areas of their business operations.
Crown Highways General Manager Mike Dale (pictured) added:
“We are delighted to have achieved our individual BS11000 certification, as a member of the BS11000 Area 3 alliance Crown Highways have benefited in achieving this accreditation through working with Kier and the other alliance partners. The relationships within the community have enabled us to reach other parts of the wider Kier group and to work closer with the other alliance partners, this in turn will generate greater turnover for our business.”