Accreditations and certifications
ISO14001 is at present the highest award available in the UK for environmental management systems and is used by a quarter of a million businesses worldwide. The certification holds a business’ environmental management systems to an international standard, requiring that companies use resources efficiently and minimise waste production. Achieving the accreditation also requires a commitment to continual improvement to EMS systems. The certifications are awarded for a 3 year period, subject to annual reviews.
The Forest Stewardship Council® certification certifies the use of sustainably sourced timber in the production process. A minimum of 70% of the timber used throughout the construction process must be sourced from FSC® approved sustainable forests in order to meet this certification. The FSC certification is one of the highest environmental standards for timber in the UK, and ensures the protection of forests into the future.
The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme is designed to be the point of entry for all suppliers to the rail industry. The certification shows any supplier to railway construction to be a competent, capable supplier of products and services. The RISQS is supported by the Rail Safety and Standards Board, making it a certification “by the industry, for the industry”.
Competent person scheme
This certification scheme provides an ongoing, independent, third party assessment of an individual’s competence to use software tools to calculate building CO2 emission rates. Knowledge of the appropriate requirements from Part L of the Building Regulations is also evaluated. The certification is maintained and held in force through annual submission of information and data.
Founded in 1938, the MPBA plays a key role in connecting all sectors of the modular and portable building industry together. Aiming to improve the perception of modular building, it promotes honourable and professional business practices among all its members.
The UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants; in terms of efficiency, time and cost saving and best practice Constructionline delivers for public and private sector organisations alike. All suppliers in the database are pre-qualified to government standards, and their details are monitored and updated in real time.
ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. This certification also aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
All requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size and product provided.
Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data. They act as an independent partner, providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers across a sector to identify and manage risk and suppliers to increase market reach while increasing compliance and minimising costs for the network as a whole.
Building Confidence is widely recognised as the preferred standard for supplier pre-qualification, registration and accreditation. Accredited businesses have proven systems of health and safety, quality and environmental control and corporate and social responsibility. Through Achilles, buyers are able to procure with complete assurance – and the procurement process is streamlined, saving time and expense for buyer and supplier.
Safe contractor approved
Safecontractor is the fastest growing health and safety accreditation scheme in the UK, with more than 210 major clients and over 20,000 contractor members. Registered members with the Safecontractor scheme include clients and contractors from a wide range of professional disciplines working within a number of industry sectors. With its increasing membership and growing profile in the UK, the Safecontractor scheme is now used by many large organisations as a way of obtaining competent contractors.
The National Outdoor Events Association is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association. It is dedicated to enhancing professionalism in the outdoor events industry through education, networking, lobbying, advice and creating business opportunities. The NOEA membership includes event suppliers, event production professionals, event and festival organisers, entertainment agencies, local authority events departments and venues.
The Event Services Association (TESA) represents organisers, promoters and suppliers involved in the event industry throughout the UK, particularly those involved with outdoor events. The Association was established to promote good practice in the industry as well as to represent the interests of the industry and provide advice and information for those working in the sector. The Association both aims to keep members informed about legislation and other developments that could affect their businesses and to represent their views and concerns on issues such as the Olympics.
Considerate constructors scheme
The Considerate Constructors is dedicated to improving the image of the construction industry, by encouraging best practice on all construction sites. The nationwide scheme is a hallmark of excellence for sites, suppliers and contractors.
Cyber essentials plus
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. The robsut measures put in place by the Wernick Group against cyber attacks has been independently verified.
AMPS stands for the Association of Manufacturers and suppliers of Power generating Systems. AMPS is the trade association and industry voice for the UK’s world-leading diesel and gas-engine power generating sector and associated businesses.
CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to use of construction plant. CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third-sector organisations.