As Australians emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, companies are now faced with the challenge of evolving their physical workspaces to support new ways of remote working adopted over the last 18 months.
Competition for talent and the need to retain staff has put the spotlight on businesses to provide more engaging office spaces as a trade-off for making the daily commute.
It’s no coincidence that Ratesmiths, Australia’s first independent online platform connecting businesses planning office fitouts with highly rated design and fitout companies, has launched as companies seek support with their post COVID-19 workspace evolutions.
With the increasing need for transparency and probity in the supplier selection process, a different approach to procuring office design and fitout services is required. Ratesmiths offers a new and innovative solution for businesses seeking to source and select their ideal office fitout partner, replacing the traditionally limited referral approach.
Facilities managers tasked with managing the fitout process will benefit from finding a broad selection of suppliers all in the one place, saving significant time in sourcing potential partners. Ratesmiths’ matching algorithm helps filter suppliers based on project requirements, ensuring the right partners are selected for the competitive tender process.
On a mission to provide an independent source of truth on the quality of service providers in the design and fitout industry, Ratesmiths publication of supplier rating and reviews from previous clients affords facilities managers the ability to assess potential partners ahead of selection.
For facilities managers looking for further support ahead of engaging with design and fitout providers, Ratesmiths simplifies and demystifies the design and fitout process, with free of charge proprietary tools and templates.
Features and benefits of Ratesmiths include:
- industry-leading educational toolkit, supporting businesses to take control of their fitout and understand their options
- proprietary tools and templates, including a fully customisable competitive tender pack to help businesses stay on track and minimise the impact of time and budget blowouts
- bespoke matching algorithm connecting businesses with potential fitout partners based on their project objectives and selection criteria, and
- ratings and reviews of listed suppliers, providing insights into fitout partners, and the ability to hold selected partners to account on project delivery.