December 19, 2012 11:46 ET

Brands and Individuals Should Carefully Assess a Contractor's Accreditations During a Project's Consultation Stage, Reminds Remark

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2012) - Without knowing if a contractor is appropriately qualified, problems resulting from poor workmanship or a disregard to health and safety could be costly for a business' reputation and finances, notwithstanding the harm that could potentially occur to staff. Therefore, the Remark Group, an innovator in intelligent business technology, is advising brands and individuals to be aware of the relevant accreditations in any particular service area and evaluate which are held by contractors early in the consultation stage.

Understanding the levels of competence via accreditations at the very start of consultation discussions could avoid time being wasted, ultimately resulting in a faster and more cost-effective process. Recognisable to Government, commerce and industry, various certifications prove that work undertaken follows up-to-date working practices, technical standards and most importantly, safety legislations.

In particular, health and safety accreditations, including BS OHSAS 18001, CHAS, SafeContractor and Constructionline are crucial to protect the workforce and others who come in to contact with the site, such as the business' staff and visitors. Not only should this relate to the time during the project, but long after the contractors have completed the work.

Appointing a contractor without certain qualifications could impact insurance requirements, should an accident happen. Therefore understanding such insurance conditions, prior to the quotation phase of the project, will also assist when making a decision on which service provider to employ.

A business that holds specific industry accreditations and is a member of regulatory bodies must work in accordance with the highest standards of excellence. Administration processes are followed, audits are undertaken and staff must follow rigorous procedures day-to-day for such independent organisations to provide endorsements. Furthermore, many associations undertake annual, or more regular, assessments, ensuring standards remain high.

John Down, Contracts Manager at Remark, said: "Whether you're discussing work with audio visual, IT or electrical contractors, representing a brand or having work undertaken at your office, peace of mind often comes hand-in-hand with industry accreditations. If you appoint a company that has obtained the fundamental accreditations, relevant to its services, you can be sure they are operating safely and undertaking projects to the highest standards. I would advise researching which are the leading accreditations in the areas of work you require, for example NICEIC has been assessing the competence of electricians for over 50 years, and ask what certifications are held almost immediately. Appointing a rogue contractor could have implications for your insurance and it's also likely to impact your finances later down the line."

Remark helps businesses, education establishments and public sector organisations build smarter connections, and it has a total of sixteen industry accreditations. For more information on Remark and its services, such as commercial lighting, data cabling, IT and specialist projector installation, please visit

About the Remark Group

A provider of intelligent business technology, the Remark Group, boasts an impressive portfolio of national blue chip clients and has an established reputation for building smarter connections in schools, offices and industrial premises.

An innovator in the design, installation and aftercare of bespoke services spanning ICT, data cabling, audio visual and electrical, Remark has enjoyed year-on-year growth while retaining its family-business values.

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