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CEP Demolitions based in Glasgow has gained a ‘shop window’ with some of the biggest companies in the construction sector by joining Achilles Building Confidence – the UK construction industry accreditation and risk management scheme.

CEP, which has 18 staff and provides demolition and dismantling services, will now be able to share, via an online platform, its performance in key business areas, such as health and safety, environment, quality and compliance.

In total, 17 national and international construction companies have selected Achilles Building Confidence as their preferred standard for supplier pre-qualification, registration and accreditation. They use a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire to streamline the procurement process and manage risk consistently among 1,500 suppliers. Achilles then carries out desktop and physical audits of the information.

Stephen Marshall, Manager of Achilles Building Confidence, said: “By demonstrating a clear commitment to health and safety, environment, quality and compliance, CEP Demolitions has shown itself to be a role model for other construction companies, and put itself in the best possible position to secure a pipeline of work opportunities from major construction buyers.”

Albert Harkess, Managing Director of CEP said “CEP has ambitious plans for growth. By applying the Achilles Framework to our business we knew that this would give us the firm foundations to develop the business. The staff team, led by Louise Percy of Positive About Business Ltd, built on the processes already in place to ensure we met the Achilles requirements. It is a fantastic achievement”.

John Harkess, Contracts Director said “Achieving Achilles accreditation is a credit to our dedicated staff team both office and site based most of whom have been with CEP Demolitions for an average of 17 years. We look forward to continuing building on the accreditation using a continuous improvement internal management plan”.

Achilles Building Confidence is run by a steering group of construction buyers. In the last three years, members have seen a 52% reduction in non compliances in issues linked to ethics, a 42% fall in non-compliance on health and safety, a 50% drop in non-compliance around risk assessment and a three-fold increase in demand for audits.