Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company, has long advocated the benefits of closer collaboration with clients and across the supply chain. Now this approach has been officially recognised with the award of the prestigious BS11000 standard for collaborative business relationships - granted by the British Standards Institution (BSI) - to its Contracting division.
Commenting on the achievement, Paul Fleetham, managing director of Tarmac’s Contracting business, said: “Collaboration has always been part of our culture and we recognise that well-executed collaboration is key to supporting our clients in achieving their goals. The BS11000 framework has helped us to formalise this approach and ensure it is consistently applied with our clients and supply chain. This award confirms that our approach is working well and provides us with a good foundation for continuous improvement.”
Launched in 2010, BS11000: Collaborative Business Relationships is a British standard that sets out a best practice framework for establishing and improving collaborative relationships. It provides a basis for improving efficiency and performance and leads to more transparent and effective relationships with partners, internal divisions, suppliers and customers.
Tarmac underwent a detailed assessment process against the standard’s criteria that looked at both client and internal relationships to demonstrate that collaboration is embedded in its structures and approach.
Commenting in Tarmac’s assessment report, auditor Brian Goldsmith from BSI, said: "A huge amount of effort and expertise has been used to ensure effective collaborations with various partners and as a result compliance to the standard was easy to evidence throughout the assessment.”
Tarmac will build on its success as it looks to expand and embed learnings from this collaborative approach across wider customer and supply chain relationships.
Image caption: Some members of the Collaborative Team from left to right: Richard Vine, David McClelland, Paul O’Neill, Mark Goslin, Karen Draper, Matthew Antil, Adam Lawson, David Smitheram and Niall Barnett.