About Acre Bench
The aim of the Acre Bench is to efficiently connect organisations and freelance consultants. With the move towards more flexible workforces, there is a need for a "third way" that compliments hiring staff or employing consultancies.
What is the Acre Bench?
The Acre Bench is a managed network of best in
class senior sustainability and environmental interim consultants. Bench
members cover a range of disciplines and each member is an expert in their
All Bench members have been carefully selected and accredited
by Acre and can be mobilised at short-notice for a short consultancy piece or a
longer term interim assignment.
The Acre Bench is a platform on which to identify
and engage interim consultants for specific assignments. The online platform
enables organisations to search and view Bench profiles and request day rate
and availability. Alternatively let Acre know about the project that you’d like
support on and we’ll offer consultative advice on appropriate Bench
The Acre Bench contains some of the brightest minds
in the world of sustainability and we also invite organisations to tap into
this knowledge by posing questions to its members. You can pose questions or
request information via the contact form on a Bench member’s page, and we'll
facilitate a response as quickly as possible.
What is the Acre Bench Accreditation?
The Acre Bench Accreditation is awarded to interim
professionals who meet a set of best-practice criteria, allowing employers to
make quick and well informed decisions when hiring. To qualify, the Bench
Member must demonstrate:
A track record
of delivering a high quality of service as an interim professional
skills and extensive experience with suitable qualifications
business platform from which to undertake assignments from (usually a limited
Active contribution to the
sustainability market place via knowledge sharing and best practice
To achieve this accreditation Bench members have
successfully completed a four step process:
interview and provided suitable references
evidence of their company structure and appropriate insurances
Bench Insights and / or attended biannual Bench knowledge-sharing events
maintained an up-to-date Bench profile
The Acre Bench Accreditation logo appears on Bench
member’s profiles, and once accredited Bench members are licensed to use it across other
platforms to promote their accredited status.
How can the Acre Bench support my business?
The Acre Bench has many applications. This
Support to meet compliance targets and requirements Support for seasonal activities such as report
writing Support for niche technical challenges Business intelligence and advice for new market
entrants and start-ups Expert support for consultancies in writing bids
and proposals Access to technical experts for mergers &
acquisitions and due diligence work
The provision of training and mentoring support for
current or new employees
How does Acre select Bench members?
All Bench members have been through a selection
process to ensure a high level of expertise and an excellent standard of
delivery. This includes:
All Bench members have been interviewed by the Acre
Bench team All Bench members provide references All Bench members are employed within Limited
company structures and hold appropriate
levels of insurance
Feedback is obtained for all Bench members at the
end of every completed assignment
to ensure high quality of service
How do I contact and engage a Bench member?
When you contact a Bench member through their
contact form, your message will be sent directly to the Acre Bench team. We’ll contact
the Bench member directly and facilitate an appropriate response or to make an
introduction. Alternatively, pick up the phone in the first instance, we’re
happy to talk.
How does Acre support when I engage a Bench member?
If you would like to engage a Bench member on an
assignment, we'll work with you to ensure an efficient and hassle free process.
Issuing contracts to protect the interests of both
parties Ensuring compliance issues are addressed Agreeing a suitable and competitive rate with the interim
professional on your behalf Managing payroll through an automated on-line
Dealing with on-boarding and continued support
throughout the assignment
For work undertaken via the Acre Bench, a transparent fee applies; a
margin of 20% is charged on top of the interims individual earnings.Acre will offer support throughout the process, from securing
a suitable interim professional, to on-boarding.
Acre will also manage the
contract administration and payroll procedures, to ensure a compliant,
smooth and productive assignment. Our fee covers all of the above
and you can access our
Terms of Business on-line. There are no obligations for enquiries.
How are Bench Members paid and what is the invoicing process?
Our on-line payroll system is completely automated.
There is no need for any party to touch a single piece of paper, or to make a
single calculation. We pay Bench Members within five working days of signed time
sheets being received to ensure the interim consultant has a good experience
whilst delivering your assignment.
We've removed all barriers to using the Acre Bench
initially, so there’s no need to login. As we build in additional functionality
such as alerts, we’ll offer this feature.
How will Acre develop the platform?
We’ve just launched the Acre Bench Version 2
website and have implemented a list of additional features including enhanced
search functionality, Bench member personal profile logins and regular Market
We are expanding our membership and are consistently
identifying new Bench members with sought after specialisms, skills and
We’ll also be augmenting our Bench marketing
campaigns and encouraging Bench member participation at key Acre events over
the coming months.
I can’t find a suitable interim consultant
the largest network of sustainability and environmental interim professionals,
many of whom are not listed on the Acre Bench at this time. If you need to hire an interim
consultant immediately, and you can’t find the appropriate profile, please call
us and we’ll leverage our wider network. Call us directly on
+44 (0)20 7400 5570 to discuss how we can help.