Achilles : BuildingConfidence

FBS Contracts are proud to announce that we have completed the first stage of registering with Achilles BuildingConfidence and we have been granted Pre-Qualification Status. Due to the increasingly rigorous demands of various pieces of legislation and ongoing policies such as the CDM Regulations 2007, Corporate Manslaughter Act, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility criteria, Immigration Laws, the Bribery and Corruption Act and also an increased focus on the financial stability of sub-contractors the pre-qualification stage of most construction projects has become more and more arduous, time consuming and costly. FBS has long been looking for an accreditation system that is cost effective and more efficient than having to repeatedly go through numerous seemingly identical questionnaires and pre-qualification systems. In Achilles BuildingConfidence we think we have found this. It is a systematic supplier qualification programme beginning with data capture through online questionnaires and then followed up with a rigorous validation process by dedicated assessment teams and qualified auditors. This all results in a single pre-qualification questionnaire which is independently accredited. By going through this registration process we at FBS Contracts hope to be able to reduce our overheads on large contracts and to greatly streamline our pre-qualification systems and procedures. Achilles BuildingConfidence qualifies, evaluates and monitors suppliers on behalf of some of the world’s largest corporations including 17 buyer organisations and over 1,500 suppliers in the UK construction sector alone. Major players in the UK Construction Sector such as Kier Group, Shepherd, Sisk, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska. For FBS Contracts there is also the added benefit of Identifying real business improvements through the review process, identifying ways in which our...

Fire devastates new lab at Nottingham University

In September a fire destroyed the new multimillion-pound GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. FBS were one of the sub-contractors for the build and would like to express our relief that no-one was hurt and that the fire service managed to contain the fire and prevent further damage. We will be ready to work with Morgan Sindall and the university to complete the project in spite of this set...

Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation

FBS are delighted to announce that following an intensive and detailed on-site audit we have achieved level 4 accreditation with Achilles Building Confidence. We are even more delighted that we have managed this at the first attempt. Achilles BuildingConfidence is a supplier pre-qualification and accreditation service for the UK construction industry. Its meticulous procedure includes a wide ranging agenda significant to health, safety and environmental practices, as well as quality, social responsibility, supply chain and subcontractor management. The Achilles accreditation provides a benchmark, informing stakeholders and contractors alike, that we are committed to ensuring we have effective systems in place and are constantly monitoring our policies and suppliers for continual improvement. Achilles is quickly becoming recognised as the standard for supplier excellence within the industry and we are very pleased to add it to our portfolio of pre-qualification accreditations alongside CHAS and Construction...

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

Every March, millions of people across the UK take part in the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal, by giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. This year our MD, Tracey, will be raising money for the excellent people at Marie Curie Cancer Care ; she will be rattling her collecting bucket outside Morrisons in Frodsham on the 20th of March. Marie Curie Cancer Care provide care and support for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families in the UK each year. Marie Curie Cancer Care’s nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Their hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And they help people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and by being there when someone wants to talk. Please come along if you can (and give...