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Strategic Supplier Agreement

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1st Waste Management Consultants are the UK’s leading waste management broker. Their success is built on offering their customers competitive pricing, quality service, reliability and trust.

The ability for 1st Waste to deliver their customers the highest service standard is dependent on the performance of their suppliers. They have excellent trading relationships with all of their suppliers and in return provide valuable volume without any sales cost. The market has some key suppliers that can offer a unique set of benefits.

The trading relationships with these suppliers were under-developed, this led to a lack of appreciation of the value available for both parties, and a transactional trading style.

The business problem to be solved was – to identify the conditions required for 1st Waste to establish more strategic trading arrangements with these suppliers.

6two6 were contracted to engage each of the suppliers at Senior Management level and to establish a route to move ahead more strategically. The engagement was completed in three phases:

Phase 1

  • Interview each supplier and discuss their requirements
  • Consolidate the discussion outcomes and define a potential solution
  • Present the solution to the 1st Waste Board – Approval for Phase 2

Phase 2

  • Target one supplier to work up an initial contract framework agreement
  • Establish Senior Management contacts and introductions
  • Negotiate the terms of the framework agreement on behalf of 1st Waste
  • Establish trading arrangements for the initial parcel of work

Phase 3

  • Engage the remaining suppliers with the same framework agreement
  • Establish Senior Management contacts and introductions

1st Waste have developed and are developing new trading levels with suppliers who haven’t supported them in the past – this is providing more flexibility and service options for their customers.

Additionally they have re-enforced trading relationships with all suppliers enabling more effective dialogue and understanding – this is providing more stability in the volumes traded between the companies.

Overall 1st Waste are recognized as an important customer for the suppliers and have contact points and relationships at Senior levels – this is ensuring that communication channels are open for any issue that may occur.

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Market Appraisal



The client was one of the UK largest and fastest growing Environmental Services companies. The client and the industry are coping with immense change as they develop the means for better recycling and resource recovery.

Transforming ‘waste’ to create quality recyclable materials and vital renewable energy requires constant review to ensure that they can give resources new life.

To help prepare for an annual review the client wished to gain more insight and commentary regarding the business-2-business sector of the waste and recycling collection industry. The objective was to establish a different perspective and to access new information that could generate a richer debate.

6two6 was contracted to produce a report on the business-2-business sector using data from market reports and trends, insight from customers and suppliers and a consolidation of current market opinions.

The client benefitted from content outside of their own circle of knowledge and an independent perspective that could validate or challenge their own views.