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27th Feb 2014

Adviza is delighted to announce that it has achieved Merlin standard accreditation following assessment in December 2013.  The standard assesses organisations’ support for, and work with, supply chain partners. 

The standard was developed by emcq Ltd on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who now look for accreditation to this standard as part of its tendering process.  Adviza is currently part of two DWP supply chains for its Energise and WorkFit programmes, and achieving the accreditation is important for maintaining this work and bidding for future DWP contracts.

In the Assessment Report the assessor concluded that, at Adviza:  “… the fundamentals of excellent supply chain relationships such as a culture of openness and trust and excellent relationships are already very well established.”

Adviza currently has 19 supply chain partners who deliver a range of services to clients for us, both as part of our project work and through our community delivery.  They provide variety and expertise to complement our capacity, and to enhance our geographical and social reach.  In addition our partnership provides a valuable resource to smaller charities within our communities.

Representatives from 10 of the supply chain partner organisations were interviewed as part of the assessment process.   Comments received included:

“…relationships have been excellent – support is very good.”
“...always at the end of a phone or email – very helpful and open with staff.”
“…we’ve experienced rapid growth as working with Adviza has opened up other doors for us because of the contract we deliver for them.” 

Achievement of the Merlin Standard follows on from our gaining ISO9001 status, another key standard, in October 2013 as part of the reachfor consortium.

Click here for more information about the Merlin standard.


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