In the Pipeline Q2 2019


It was not a short or easy process to gain the Gold membership but Ben considers it worthwhile. “Much of the application is done through an online portal and it’s taken three years to get to this point. It will be updated as and when the various policies need renewal, such as our insurance cover or new ISO accreditations, including ISO 10,001, which will soon supersede ISO 9001.” Andy chips in, “Ben’s got the patience that he will spend the time on it. He is meticulous, very methodical.” Much of the procedure for Constructionline is completing online portal questions. Depending on the level you’re aiming for, they will ask for more supporting documentation. “It can take a while to understand what they are asking for in certain questions,” says Ben. “Some of them aren’t that

Edinburgh – Gold member

that we have achieved certain levels of accreditation.

“These include health and safety, environmental procedures, standard ISO procedures and others we have identified such as our accreditation to ISO 18001 (health and safety), as well as our business standing.” Andy Tait, General Manager at Pirtek Edinburgh says, “It’s all about the depot, the quality of the work that’s carried out at the depot and the standard of work that all the Pirtek centres comply to.” Ben continues, “This means that potential customers don’t have to do any further checks. They know that our systems, in terms of hose replacement, the systems that Pirtek uses are over and above any other company in the country.” The requirements apply both to the practical application of Pirtek’s service and the back office. “Business practices such as finance and procedures used for anti-slavery and anti-bribery are all checked and verified as being above board. Accreditation to all these standards and agencies is important for us as a business. It gives customers peace of mind and should exclude people who are not accredited. “This makes it a sensible economic decision for us, putting us to the top of the list of suppliers.”

Ben Jones with Pirtek’s Top 10 Growth certificate

Several Pirtek Edinburgh employees are keen motorbike racers

Ben Jones, Franchisee of Pirtek Edinburgh recently achieved Constructionline Gold membership, an accreditation that gives his franchise access to data that allows him to actively generate new business, and potential customers to verify and have confidence in his abilities and practices. This includes SSIP (Safety Schemes In Procurement) registration and prequalification checks for key legislative areas. He also recently acquired the Acclaim Certificate of Health and Safety Accreditation, also under the umbrella of the SSIP scheme. “Constructionline is a prequalification agency,” Ben says, “effectively an approved suppliers system ensuring that customers who use the system can check quickly and conveniently

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