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Strategic partnerships foster success in recessive economic climate

-New Standard facilitates effective collaborative business relationships-

TORONTO – (November 2010) - With businesses and sectors worldwide looking to move forward from economic recovery, organisational partnerships are becoming increasingly attractive. Important questions of how to finance growth and investment against this backdrop of uncertainty have directed our sights to a more collaborative – less transactional – business future.

In light of this, BSI has recently published the new standard,BS 11000-1 Collaborative Business Relationships. As with all relationships, a framework of boundaries is crucial to protect both parties involved and secure mutual satisfaction. Designed to build off the PAS 11000, BS 11000-1 will address a wider audience, including small and medium-sized enterprises.

Among various provisions, the new standard equips businesses with the means to assess internal objectives, select the most suitable partners, attain clear “additional” value, and stick to an effective dispute and exit resolution. The standard is designed to strengthen the foundations of strategic partnering, by relationship management, the sharing of knowledge among businesses, and the promotion of mutually-agreed objectives.

Cooperation between businesses across multiple sectors has proved remarkably advantageous. Several case studies show that corporate partnerships not only encourage the circulation of ideas, they also inspire growth workshops, strategy sessions, potential expansion through long-term relationships, and increased trust within the industry.

“People have been collaborating in various ways for many years, but with recent difficult market conditions organizations increasingly need to look at new ways of diversifying and partnering,” said Antony Barrett, BSI market engagement manager. “In some instances the nature of the work absolutely requires organizations to partner effectively and we’re now seeing businesses pitching together rather than individually. This standard can really help to set them apart from the competition.”
BS 11000-1 is the first of two-parts with BS 11000-2, due in early 2011, providing further guidance such as case studies designed to inform implementation of the collaborative framework.
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About BSI Group
BSI Group is a global independent business services organization which enables businesses, governments and other organizations to increase profits and market access, and to enhance reputation with its standards-based solutions and assurance services. From its origins as the world’s first National Standards Body, BSI Group draws upon over 100 years’ experience to partner with 66,000 organizations in 147 countries from its 50 offices. Today, through its independence, innovation and integrity, BSI continues to improve the lives of millions by raising standards worldwide. To learn more about BSI Group, please visit

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