Cammell Laird recognised in House of Lords for partnership working
Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird has been honoured in Parliament for its ‘best in class’ partnership working.
The business, in Birkenhead, was recognised for the way it shares knowledge, the leadership it demonstrates and the way it develops partnerships with suppliers, customers and any other businesses it works with.
Cammell Laird has achieved the prestigious ISO44001, the industry standard presented by the Institute for Collaborative Working, following a rigorous audit. Its submission was recognised as ‘best in class’ by the institute, which has singled it out to receive the award in person.
Representatives from the business travelled down to the capital in May when the certificate was presented in the House of Lords. They attended an exclusive reception and dinner held by the institute to mark the achievement.
The ISO44001 is the international standard that replaces the BS11000 previously awarded to businesses by the British Standards Institution (BSI), which Cammell Laird had already achieved. The new international benchmark measures behaviours, organisational culture and management processes to show the business can sustain business relationships and harness the benefits of collaborative working.
Mike Bladon, Cammell Laird’s business assurance manager, spent one year pulling together evidence of the shipbuilder’s excellence in these areas as part of the audit. One partnership highlighted as part of the submission was its work with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The two organisations share offices, information and best practice, as well as sharing some team members, resulting in the customer becoming like a part of Cammell Laird.
Tony Potter, health, safety, environment and quality director for the shipbuilder, travelled to London with Bladon to receive the honour.
He said: “Cammell Laird has always prided itself on the relationships it establishes with partners so it is only fitting that we should achieve this highly regarded standard. We have some fantastic partnerships that we could highlight as part of our submission, which led to us being highlighted as best in class. We very much see partnership working as critical to our bids to win the Fleet Solid Support and Type 31e shipbuilding contracts.
“From a business perspective, this award shows how well we relate to our customers, suppliers and partners. We understand how each of our businesses work, we have practices in place that can benefit each of us and how we operate, and we develop projects that can be jointly managed. We look forward to celebrating our achievements at the House of Lords.”