5 reasons Facilities Management firms should get to know Facilitiesline

If you’re a facilities management professional but haven’t come across Facilitiesline before, you might be surprised to discover that Constructionline has a decided scheme for the Facilities Management industry called Facilitiesline, which is dedicated solely to serving your sector.

We’ve taken the time to understand the unique challenges you face and have worked alongside leading organisations within the facilities management industry to develop a platform and service that’s shaped to suit your specific needs. For instance, we understand that you are likely to prefer working with a trusted set of sub-contractors and suppliers over longer periods of time than sourcing new suppliers for every project, and that checking your suppliers have all of the right certifications in place and up to date is critical, but can be stressful and time-consuming.

5 reasons Facilities Management firms should get to know Facilitiesline

That’s where Facilitiesline comes in – and here are five reasons you should get to know us a little better:

1. You need to reduce risk in your supply chain

Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and so is managing risk across those supply chains. There are so many factors to consider, including making sure your suppliers’ health and safety credentials are up to scratch, that their certificates and insurances are valid and that their competencies and capabilities haven’t changed. If work is allocated to a supplier without the right policies in place or a lapsed certification means they can’t start work on time, it could mean significant disruption for you or your customers – and the financial or reputational risk that comes with that. Facilitiesline gives you one central place to easily view and manage crucial information for all of your subcontractors and suppliers, helping you meet your compliance obligations, deal with issues before they cause disruption, and reduce risk for your organisation.

2. You’re busier than ever before

The remit of the facilities manager (and their team) keeps on growing, but even though you’re probably busier than you should be, you might not be able to expand your headcount to give you additional support. The Facilitiesline platform could transform the way you deal with the time-consuming administrative tasks that are an essential part of what you do. With easy access to important information, pre-emptive flags and alerts to let you know if there is an issue or certification expiry date that needs your attention, and in-platform links to help you communicate information to your supply chain and proactively resolve compliance problems, Facilitiesline will help you streamline your processes without compromising your standards.

3. Sustainability is becoming a priority

Whether environmental and social governance (ESG) is central to everything you do or you have specific sites with ethical and sustainable policies in place, being able to demonstrate that you prioritise people and planet as well as profit is becoming increasingly important for facilities managers – particularly those in or working with the public sector. Unlike other platforms which rely on standardised pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs), Facilitiesline empowers you to ask the questions that matter to you and collate the information you need; by creating bespoke question sets and then easily segmenting gathered information by project, work type or supplier. With fully auditable workflows and intuitive reporting options, the platform makes it faster and easier to prove due-diligence on sustainability right across your supply chain.

4. You need to reduce costs

Alongside keeping quality and compliance standards high, we understand that facilities managers will always face pressure to keep costs to a minimum. Facilitiesline provides an opportunity to improve productivity and reduce the need for additional headcount, by helping you make light work of compliance management. We also provide different membership levels and pricing based on business size, to make our service more affordable and ensure that everyone can access the benefits of Facilitiesline. If you’re still doing too much of your procurement through multiple platforms that don’t really provide the functionality you need, or have a team that is dedicating long hours to supplier administration in Excel spreadsheets, now might be the time to try a new way.

5. You need a partner you can depend on

While the Facilitiesline platform is new, it’s built and managed by a team with extensive experience and expertise. Our parent company, Fortius, provides supply chain risk management solutions for over 60,000 buyers and suppliers across the globe; including Constructionline, the specialist platform for the construction industry, so they know a thing or two about managing suppliers.

When it came to creating the Facilitiesline platform, Fortius wanted to make sure that they were developing a solution that would be a perfect fit for the unique world of facilities management. So they partnered with some of the FM industry’s leading buyers and suppliers, working with them to identify what each party needs to be able to deliver high quality, safe and compliant projects. After months of collaboration, Facilitiesline was launched in 2021. But the hard work doesn’t end there: we will continue to work with our partners and members to find new ways to improve our platform and our service, so that it meets buyer and supplier needs now and in the future.

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