Top Safety Accreditation for Furniture Realm

Furniture Realm is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Weston-super-Mare based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing 10 people, Furniture Realm is principally involved in the procurement and supply of quality contract furniture.

Specialising in the Hospitality and Educational Sectors and with a £1,500,000 turnover, Furniture Realm’s most recent clients have included major players such as Hilton Group, Premier Inn, Compass Group, Tesco, Asda, John Moore University Liverpool, Middle England Group, Costa Coffee and Whitbread.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

“The safety of our clients, the public and our employee’s is of paramount importance to us, so this was the obvious way forward” said Furniture Realm boss Phillip Lowrie.

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, “Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies”.

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Furniture Realm has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”.

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.