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hire industry. However, there is no mention of an audit process and how the information required will be updated, checked and verified for not only its authenticity but relative value. (I can understand a major global organisation having a full set of ISO standards, but for a small regional supplier this may not be practical, even if they are working to the same level as the standard, such as ISO14001). Many trade organisations require full audits on entry to a scheme and then annual performance updates against the key criteria along with regular audits. Without a formal process being established that covers not only new applicants but also existing suppliers, how trusted can a trusted supplier scheme be?”


Positive views


The online HITs assessment is compulsory for new supplier member applicants.


Others views were more positive. Phil Winnington, who is International Business Director with Morris Site Machinery, and sits on the HAE Supply Chain Board, said, “As the HAE introduced its well acclaimed and respected SafeHire Certification for Hire Companies to strive towards and achieve best practice, it is reassuring and fitting that their Supply Chain should also have an appropriate accreditation scheme. Morris Site Machinery has always endeavoured to be, and recognised as, an excellent hire industry supplier. The HAE Trusted Supplier accreditation will,


along with other recognised manufacturers/suppliers, ensure high standards of service and fit-for-purpose, safe, robust, quality products for hire companies. This is not about size or dominance of one company over another, but rather an assessment of a supplier’s commitment to quality systems, investment in research and development, and being corporately and socially responsible.”


inspHire MD Graham Dobbs, who is also on the HAE Supply Chain Board, commented: “‘inspHire welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate that our standards meet the requirements of the HAE and its rental members. We will be proud to receive the recognition and buyers can be confident that the people they buy from are credible, ethical and conduct business with integrity. The process is neither intrusive nor complicated, but the information it gathers regarding the policies, processes and work ethics of an organisation ensures a hire company that the supplier is solid, stable, reliable and supportive. As a supplier, it isn’t enough to just pay a fee and enjoy the benefits of an Association; we want to feel we have earned the ‘badge’ and feel we are giving back to the industry. This is a way of demonstrating our commitment to our customers and helping to raise standards.”





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