Pennine secures top safety accreditation

Pennine is pleased to announce that its commitment to excellence in health and safety acknowledged with accreditation under the independent Alcumus SafeContractor scheme.

To achieve the standard the communications, our policies and track record for safe practice were audited by Safecontractor.

Over 300 leading UK businesses have committed to using only contractors who have secured SafeContractor accreditation. These include the likes of British Gas, Next, Rolls-Royce and Tesco.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

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

SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

The scheme is particularly favoured by facilities, property management and service companies who are reliant upon external contractors such as Pennine. The company, whose specialist services include provision of digital two-way radio systems, unified communications platforms, wireless and data networks, already works closely with leading players in these sectors.

Ann Barnes, Pennine’s HR and business support manager, said SafeContractor accreditation not only provided further reassurance to existing clients but would help the company attract new business.

“Client subscribers to SafeContractor can vet potential contractors with a click of a mouse, immediately giving them confidence in companies like Pennine who place health and safety top of their priority lists”.

“It’s an important standard for a business like ours to hold, given we work as a contractor for many private and public sector organisations. These include companies operating in particularly safety-sensitive environments such as those in the petrochemical, transport and defence industries.”

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, Pennine was founded as a two-way radio repair and maintenance specialist in 1976. It has expanded its specialisms over the years and now boasts five divisions offering unified communications, mobile telephony, radio, cloud and IT services which serve a diverse range of clients. Today the company employs some 66 staff and generates turnover well in excess of £7m.