Press Release (Feb 2017)
Top Safety Accreditation for Hobkirk Sewing Machines Ltd
Local business Hobkirk Sewing Machines has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.
Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
Employing 18 people, Hobkirks is principally involved in the sales and service sector, specialising in the sewing machine industry. Hobkirk’s most recent clients include textile manufacturers such as Mackintosh Rainwear, Senator International, Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure beach, Tetrad, Edward Taylor Textiles & many of the areas schools and colleges.
The company’s application for SafeContra ctor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.
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 Hobkirks 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.”
‘It has taken weeks and weeks to make all the changes required by SafeContractor to meet their strict guidelines but it has been worth it. It gives us the opportunity to work with companies such as Alton Towers who have the tightest health and safety standards and of course improved safety for our own workforce’ said MD Mark Hobkirk.