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The Importance of Value & Quality Assurance

Good negotiating skills, experience, and having a good payment record helps with suppliers. Always try and contact the Sales Representatives rather than just accepting the price from a Company telesales operator. This advice seems a little obvious often people do not have the time to compile and send out official tenders and to talk to mobile sales reps. often busy or unavailable. The easiest option is to refer to trade price lists and often office based sales staff. At Select Interiors we always try and get best value for our clients by ensuring we negotiate with reps and that all material prices received from suppliers are compared to two other quotes from similar providers.

 

The same ethos applies to sending tenders to sub-contractors though with less choice and a diverse set of factors to carefully evaluate. Projects are tendered at modest margins and the easiest way to price you out of the market is by not properly checking and cross checking tender returns. This is a time consuming process as there are often exclusions and caveats which need to be accounted for. Sometimes the cheapest tender returns are revealed upon closer inspection to have excluded elements. There is a diminished pool of good quality reliable sub-contractors and cheapest is not always best, we have a rigorous 10 page,1002 word pre-qualification questionnaire  which we ask all contractors to fill in & return to us. This helps us assess competency as well as their insurance cover and health & safety record though does not guarantee good works. This can only be properly evaluated by the experience of employing them, good contracts receive repeat orders, and poor ones are removed from our data base. We endeavour to nourish and strengthen our relationship with good reliable electricians and plumbers by ensuring our management are receptive to their requirements on site and ensuring they are paid promptly. We ask a lot of our contractors, programme periods are often so constrained that we have to work weekends to ensure handover dates are achieved and a good working relationship is crucial when asking contractors to go the extra mile

 

Pages 1 – 3 of 10 pages of Select Interiors Ltd Supplier Assessment Forms

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The next stage to ensure you are competitive and therefore giving clients value for money is management of employees. It is crucial in ensuring you achieve the best in productivity from your workforce on site. I think of a business as an organism, all the parts need to not only be managed but encouraged and given incentives to achieve the best for our clients. Here at Select we encourage initiative from employees if this helps to increase productivity and an incentive scheme which rewards employees for high scores sign off for performance project sign off forms (see below) 

Performance & Practical Completion Certificate

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Some previous projects to include Bar Restaurants & Office Fit OutsB3

 

Select Interiors completed this French Brasserie inspired fit out for The Odd Group. Using a large amount of reclaimed material to create Bar, panelling and joinery items throughout

Select completed this basement refurbishment as an extension. A previously damp & under-used space. The area was treated to structural damp proofing completed in house by the Select Interiors Ltd. Sound proof ceilings, ventilation, cooling. Lighting, bespoke joinery, flooring & decoration have transformed the space for Solita Restaurants Ltd B4

 

Select Interiors designed, manufactured and installed all the bespoke glazed office for Time Recruitment Ltd. Select Interiors also refurbished back of house areas to include new kitchen, lighting and Air ConditioningB5

 

Select Interiors completed the design & fit out of 10th floor City Tower Manchester. Bespoke Walnut full height doors, glazed partitions with manifestations B6

 

Select Interiors Manchester Shopfitters completed this Boardroom to include glazed partitions, flooring, lighting & A.V. equipment at Manchester AirportB7

Select Interiors are currently working on the re-design of a Café Bar in Monton for operator Donna. The brief is to provide a design and fit out for the ground & first floor Bar & Lounge areas. Utilising but relocating the existing Bar. To create an interior that can be used as a coffee shop / café during the day but to segue seamlessly into a local’s bar specialising in craft ales o

 

Design proposals have yet to be approved by the London based team at Allied London Donna Robinson licensee and M.D. e-mail the Select Team for the help and speedy turn-round of concept from the initial brief

 

Costs have now been submitted for bespoke sales displays & back bar, graphics, decoration, flooring, lighting, electrical & joinery workB8

 

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Update on progress at The Allotment Bar & Restaurant for new operators Gavin & James of New Horizons Ltd. Select Interiors shop fitters Manchester have developed the scheme from initial brief of ‘’create a trendy Bar Restaurant based around am Allotment theme

 

Works include; demolition, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, cooling, structural works, bespoke joinery, flooring, signage & decoration. Select Interiors have developed the scheme and employed all the sub consultants to provide a ‘turnkey’ fit out package for the conversion from retail showroom to Pub Restaurant – The Allotment Bar & Restaurant

 

Progress images Allotment, awaiting graphics and final decoration B10

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Manchester Tram Company RPTDEV have commissioned Select Interiors to re-design and fit out large staff Canteen / Breakout areas and to design and fit out executive office and control room at their two head offices in Trafford Bar & Manchester Central. Select Interiors have been recommended by another Rail operator Colas

 

Select Interiors are currently pricing a prestigious fit out of the Manchester Lodge for the Masonic Halls on Bridge St, Manchester. Select Interiors have had all interior design approved by the committee and received enthusiastic feedback from the Lodge, the Developer Vision Developments and managing agents Lambert Smith Hampton

 

The grand neo classic Grade II listed interior Main HallB12

 

Visual of full height Glazed screen, decorative Marble plaster finish & bespoke carpet runner to main staircaseB13

 

Mood Boards for The Manchester Lodge, 3rd Floor design & refurbishmentB13

Select Interiors are currently on site at The Old Post Office in Newton St, Allotment Bar on Dale St, Granada Studios (3 projects running concurrently) in Spinningfields, Asda stores in Kendal & Boldon in Newcastle upon Tyne. Pizza Express on King St, Manchester, Armani in Spinningfields, Insurance Broker Jeff Manson Ltd on Bridge St & Bruntwood Properties – City Centre ManchesterB14

Select are working on the design & fit out of a proposed new Church from a converted basement in Ancoats in Manchester. Another similar basement conversion for new clients Time Recruitment to include structural works, waterproofing, glazed offices, new furniture, floorcoverings, Air Conditioning, ventilation and decoration.

 

A new outlet for up and coming independent Coffee Shop chain Caffeine & Co, a new studio and spa for City Spa Company and a Penthouse Apartment for Allied London CEO Michael Ingall  

Pallet Furniture, design by Select Interiors Ltd for Caffeine & Co and close partner Allied London GroupB15

 

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Current site re-locating to H.Q, Reception area, formerly the Old Granada Studios recently re-designed & fitted out by Manchester Shop & Office Fitters Select Interiors Ltd

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Select Interiors creating enlarged ‘drop in café, cakes & eats space within recently fitted our reception

 

Some of the projects above will be the subject of further blogs, one of which will have a short film. The majority of the works above are repeat business, which would indicate we are doing something right.

 

The team at Select Interiors would like to thank all the clients above for their valued enquiries and business, and we look forward to being of further service in the near future

 

Signed The Select Team