Shared-user distribution specialist Lenham Storage has gained the accreditation of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for the storage and distribution it provides to the grocery sector.

The BRC is one of the country’s leading trade bodies and represents many of Kent-based Lenham Storage’s customers in the food, drink and FMCG sectors.

Its accreditation scheme amounts to a seal of approval, providing BRC members with a guarantee that suppliers who gain recognition are working to the highest possible standards.

BRC staff undertook a thorough inspection of Lenham’s premises, processes and distribution systems before awarding the certificate – and the firm’s performance will now be audited on an ongoing basis.

“The BRC has a written code of practice called the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, which is intended to ensure food products are managed and handled safely throughout the storage and distribution process,” said risk management specialist, Richard Mallett. “The main benefit of the BRC standard is it allows suppliers like Lenham Storage to demonstrate it is performing to a strictly measured set of standards, adhering to all relevant legislation and to the BRC’s code of practice.

“For customers who don’t have the resources necessary to write their own codes and audit suppliers’ performance standards independently, this provides all the evidence they need that their products are being handled correctly.”

Lenham undertook an extensive staff training programme to raise skill levels and make sure all employees, from directors through to warehouse staff and drivers, play their part in maintaining an exacting level of service.