Business case studies
Asda has over 370 stores and 23 depots across the UK, employing approximately 170,000 colleagues and with 18 million customers. Prior to 2009, the company had liaised closely with Wakefield Metropolitan District Council in an HSE initiative. In the light of the previous arrangements, Asda considered a Primary Authority agreement with Wakefield covering health and safety to be a logical step forward. Transparency is actively encouraged. Asda gives Wakefield Council a monthly summary report of the legal compliance of each of its stores. This keeps everyone fully in the picture. The company also makes its general strategies available for scrutiny and supports shared learning.
Iceland Foods has over 700 sites across the UK. Before 2009 - a year in which the company enjoyed record sales and profits - it had a longstanding voluntary partnership with Flintshire County Council for health and safety. Due to its existing relationship, a Primary Authority agreement was seen as a natural progression. At the outset, the scope of the arrangement was expanded to cover new areas. The partners have agreed risk priorities and developed an inspection plan providing local authorities with useful background information and guidelines so that they can avoid making superfluous checks and tests.
B&Q has well over 300 stores across the UK and Ireland. Prior to 2009, the UK's leading DIY and garden centre retailer had formed a voluntary partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council under an HSE initiative. The introduction of Primary Authority was viewed as the opportunity to take matters to the next level. At the outset, it was decided to focus solely on health and safety. At a six month review both B&Q and Eastleigh felt that the partnership had achieved their aims of increasing visibility, confidence and consistency. The open, honest and consultative approach has brought barriers down, and working together has served to instill confidence.
Moto is the UK leader in motorway service areas, with 66 locations and 5000 personnel. Prior to 2009, the company had a longstanding voluntary partnership with two Bedfordshire councils for food safety and trading standards. Given these arrangements, Moto viewed a Primary Authority agreement with Central Bedfordshire Council as a natural progression, and its scope was expanded to new areas. Both partners cooperate closely. Central Bedfordshire has input into the company's overarching food safety policy, and there is now an inspection plan for food safety. The council also made a major contribution to the food safety management system for the new Moto restaurant brand (EDC).
"The formation of partnerships by companies is a positive step, showing their intention to improve standards and level of compliance."
Iceland Foods Health and Safety Manager Stephen Dean - 31/01/2010