Last month was the 11th Annual Briggs & Forrester Supply Chain Event 2018 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Over 320 people were in attendance, to hear the latest updates from the Briggs & Forrester Group CEO, Paul Burton and the senior management team.
2018 signifies a year of growth for Briggs & Forrester, with the Group turnover seeing an increase of 25%. Paul Burton said:
“One of our key objectives that we set ourselves some time ago was to lengthen our order book across the group, and I have to say we have been extremely successful with that in the past 18 months.
“We’ve grown a number of parts of the business, this includes Special Projects who will see 35% growth and Living who will see 70% growth in 2018 - this is a huge achievement and a credit to them. Across the Group that results in a 25% increase, having completed £182m in 2017, and set to deliver £225m this year which is all secured work.
Another area that we have been focusing on is raising the profile of the business, we were always seen as this parochial business for the Midlands, times have changed and we are very much a force to be reckoned with.”
Part of this growth can be credited to the strength and excellence of the Briggs & Forrester Supply Chain. Darren Grizzell, Procurement Director said: “We recognise our Supply Chain as a direct extension to our workface, and through strengthened ties, we can ensure that they strive for the same stringent standards as we set ourselves in regards to performance, quality, sustainability, safety, ethics and environmental considerations. With the support of our Supply Chain, we can achieve ‘Excellence at Every Level’.”
Through the continued investment in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Briggs & Forrester have aligned the Supply Chain not only to the requirements of every Briggs & Forrester business, but also to the specific needs within each region. Briggs & Forrester will continue to strategically develop these Supplier and Sub-Sub-Contractor relationships to meet the changing needs of the Group.
This year Mark Ramessa, Commercial Director from Kier was guest speaker on the night who discussed the opportunities ahead and managing Kier’s £4.8b Supply Chain. This was well received by the audience and gave an alternative view of the industry.
As in previous years, awards were given out on the night for Briggs & Forrester’s Best Supplier, Best Sub-Contractor and Best Health & Safety Record. New for 2018 was the ‘Excellence at Every Level’ award. This was awarded to the Supply Chain Partner who best embraces the Briggs & Forrester vision, values and focus. This was voted for by all companies and regions, and recognises their continued efforts and support to successfully secure and deliver our workload. The winners and runners up can be seen below.
The evening was concluded with a congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to the Briggs & Forrester Supply Chain for their continued support.