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Blog: SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Advanté

16 June 2020

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SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Advanté

Advanté offers first-class customer experience, in terms of product and service, to construction sites across the UK. Their vision is to remain at the forefront of the instant start welfare market and to continue to lead the way by developing innovative improvements and sustainable solutions for their clients and the whole construction industry.

Product and service innovation has always been at the heart of Advanté, and fundamental drivers for success to date. In today’s climate, all businesses are faced with significant changes in society and technology that will have a major impact on the future running and direction of all companies to ensure continued success. 2019 was very much a game of two halves for Advanté and the year of ‘stepping up a gear’ in response to this challenge.

On the one hand, Oasis welfare celebrates its 21st birthday and 2019 was no different in seeing the launch of new models. They also continued to maintain existing and gain new accreditations to support and develop company focus, business systems and procedures, which form the foundation of their customer experience. ‘PowerStation’ won the Constructing Excellence SECBE Award for Innovation - they believe PowerStation will be a game-changer to enable cable-free sites in the future.

So, why was 2019 different? In addition to ‘business as usual’, and spurred on by the success of collaboration resulting in PowerStation, they decided to get more involved in the wider construction industry: sharing knowledge to help drive and shape change, innovation and sustainability; addressing the industry skills shortage, by making the construction industry a better place to work.

Advanté passionately believes that by upskilling staff and supply chain and developing industry-wide charters and minimum standards they can create a better, more diverse construction industry for all to work in and be proud of.

They joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) as a Partner in Mar-19 to support wider sustainability aims (environmental, social and economic). As an SME there are many restrictions on time and resources available, and they viewed the SCSS as a way to utilise the school’s resources to fast-track learning and to work collaboratively with a cross-section of like-minded, enthusiastic people. They are also members of the Plant Product Group, Construction and Homes Leadership Group, Wellbeing Special Interest Group and the School Operations Group.

Having reviewed company values, the added ‘communication’ and ‘legacy’ to illustrate commitment to collaboration and contribution to creating a better industry. They introduced a tag line ‘so much more than just welfare’ and ‘AdvanTEAM’ as visible signposts to underline their new focus/strategy.

‘Making waves together’

Advanté’s latest project ‘Making waves together’ consolidates their thinking and reflects Advanté’s internal strategy to create a better construction industry through sustainable innovation and successful industry collaboration. It underpins a vision of an inclusive and impactful staff, client and supply chain network. Oasis welfare and PowerStation solutions demonstrate the power of collaboration and innovation for the benefit of the entire construction industry. They participate in SECBE’s Innovative Future Leaders Programme (IFLP) to formalise and focus their efforts in achieving the integrated, impactful staff, supply chain network with the added benefit of working with experts outside the field of construction, to challenge thinking in innovative ways.

Advanté hopes their efforts will encourage other SMEs to also get involved in leading change.


Highlights:

  • Successful industry collaboration for the benefit of all, resulting in ‘Making waves together’ initiative
  • It’s all about people – People Matter. Better diversity, FIR, communication, engagement, empowerment and training
  • Continued product and service innovation


About the SME of the Year Award: 

SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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