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Top safety accreditation for Country Grounds Maintenance

Date: August 14, 2014

Country Grounds Maintenance (CGM) has once again been awarded the Safecontractor accreditation for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing over 150 people, CGM specialises in grounds maintenance, landscaping, arboriculture and cleaning services with offices in Downham Market, Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough and customers throughout East Anglia.

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

CGM Health & Safety Manager Graham Findlay said: “CGM fully recognises the benefits from gaining this accreditation. It not only reaffirms our standards of competence and capability, but also helps us to showcase this to prospective customers.

“We currently manage over 5,000 sites throughout East Anglia with many repeat customers. It is important for us and for our valued customers to have confidence in everything we do.”

Safecontractor accreditation will 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 facilities management, food manufacture, property, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, Technical Director of 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 CGM 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.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.