New business collaboration standard launches

New business collaboration standard launches

Sets the bar for companies working together on government projects

A new British Standard that aims to help businesses work collaboratively has been officially launched.

The standard, BS 11000, provides a strategic framework for organisations to build and manage collaborative relationships with each other, and to ensure that the relationships are effective and optimised to deliver benefits for all stakeholders. The standard was developed by BSI and not-for-profit firm Partnership Sourcing Ltd (PSL).

Speaking at the launch of the standard at the House of Lords last week, Lord Strathclyde, leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: "The significant challenges faced by both government and industry today require innovative approaches in all sectors as we strive to reduce the budget deficit and stimulate growth for the UK. This will require strong co-operation, collaboration even, between industry and government."

The launch follows Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude's announcement to key suppliers that the government would be opening the market to smaller suppliers and mutuals.

"We will expect you to partner with them as equals, not as subordinates," Maude said earlier this month.

BS 11000 can be used by any organisations in the public and private sectors, and outlines a framework that can be scaled and adapted to suite business requirements. It is based on the Public Available Specification, PAS 11000, which was a joint initiative between the Department For Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Confederations of Business Industry (CBI).

PSL's operations director, David Hawkins, said: "BS 11000 has come about because we recognised the growing trend for collaborative alliances, partnerships, networks and outsourcing programmes whose success rests heavily on the strength of relationships.

"We also realised that, in most cases, these are organic relationships supported by champions not embedded in the organisations and, so, potentially they are less sustainable.

He added: "We also saw that, left to themselves, highly promising collaborations can fail to build the foundations and, when the going got rough, they cracked. Estimates suggest that up to 80% of such arrangements are deemed to fail."

According to the BSI's website, the standard "can help build trust between your organisation and its partners. This in turn will help increase your joint efficiency, enhance transparency and openness, strengthen your ability to challenge and innovate, and understand each other's governance and assurance processes."

Follow Us

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuesBSIPartnership Sourcing



EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

New Zealanders kick-started EDGE 2018 with a bout of Super Rugby before a dedicated New Zealand session, in front of more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors on Hamilton Island.‚Äč

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session
EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018 kicked off with a dedicated New Zealand track, highlighting the key customer priorities across the local market, in association with Dell EMC. Delivered through EDGE Research - leveraging Kiwi data through Tech Research Asia - more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors combined during an interactive session to assess the changing spending patterns of the end-user and the subsequent impact to the channel.

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research
Show Comments