In the Pipeline Q2 2019

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they’re using have the accreditation they need to comply in full.”

Ben cites another real-world example of how these accreditations make his franchise a bigger fish in a smaller pond. “Virdor is one of our success stories. They’ve cleared out their supplier database of unaccredited companies and, for hydraulic hoses and breakdowns, there are only two remaining on their database. One of them is us. “It’s like an approved supplier system based on the supplier’s ability to fulfil given criteria. Your products are tested and qualified, your staff are trained and certified and your back office systems are demonstrated to be fit for purpose.” Ben is clearly proud of the level of service Pirtek Edinburgh provides. “We have had competitors who use similar systems to us but, the feedback I get from customers is, we are still the UK’s if not Europe and the world’s number one. “If my if my competitors don’t go out of their way to accredit themselves to any given level, they shouldn’t be getting on the same suppliers’ lists. “Forth Ports in particular is a very big customer for us so if they want us to get Constructionline approval, that’s what we’ll do,” says Ben. Andy underlines this, saying, “They wouldn’t let you into Forth Ports if you didn’t have it.” Accreditation is especially important for any centre that deals with offshore business. These include Aberdeen, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Tyne and Wear, Ben explains. “We intend to keep it that way.

Ben Jones at work with the pipe bending machine

and protocols. All the products we supply have to be fit for purpose, accredited, tested and supplied within a given range of dates. The rubber in the hoses has to be cure-date-recorded.”

stock and putting in place a system to manage replacement. “There’s been a recent maritime information notice (MIN 579 (M)) stating that all hoses should be tested at five years,” Ben says. “All hoses carrying flammable liquids should be tested at five years and replaced at ten.

Hose registers are key to this, essentially creating a register of the customer’s

“Any offshore business has much higher, much more stringent safety procedures

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