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Sussex Sign Company - Top safety accreditation.

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The Sussex Sign Company is one of the latest groups of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Sussex based firm recently received accreditation from SAFE contractor, a programme, which recognises very high standards of Health and Safety practice amongst UK contractors.

Employing 25 people, The Sussex Sign Company is principally involved in the manufacture and installation of signage across the country.

With a £1.2 million turnover, The Sussex Sign Company's most recent clients have included major players such as Legal and General, Lloyds TSB and Parker Pen.

The company's application for SAFE contractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Norman Mayhew, The Sussex Sign Company's Managing Director said, " I am extremely proud of all my teams and especially with regard to our Health and Safety Record. The Sussex Sign Group takes its Health and Safety responsibility very seriously and this award shows our clients and the public in general, our Health and Safety is second to none."

SAFE contractor accreditation is expected to 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.

SAFE contractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to sign installers, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

Darran Hughes; Operations Director of SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound Health and Safety policies."

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that The Sussex Sign Company has done. The firms' high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector."

Under the SAFEcontractor system, 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, www.safecontractor.com

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, which enables them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

More than 120 major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

For further information contact Norman Mayhew, Managing Director, The Sussex Sign Company tel: 01273 512818 or visit www.sussexsigns.com

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