Making ISO Standards Work for your Business
Many businesses find that certification to standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 not only helps bring about improvements in efficiency but can also open doors to new business and sectors. Many private and public sector organisations request ISO certification as a prerequisite in tenders. This enables them to filter non-certified companies from the tender process before moving to the next stage.
You may wish to manage your supply chain, or trade with companies that have robust health and safety controls. Whatever your reasons, ISO certification assures your internal and external stakeholders that you operate a system that meets internationally acknowledged levels of proficiency, for increased credibility and customer confidence in your product or service. But don't just take our word for it...
"ISO 9001 is considered a gold standard, it gives us greater kudos and confidence, it helps to be taken more seriously and meets clients' expectations and requirements."
Dr Ann Brighty, Managing Director
Vector Laboratories Ltd
To read the full case study including Dr Brighty’s tips on implementing your system, please visit our case study section.
“We certainly don’t see our QMS as a short-term box-ticking exercise, but rather as a valuable business tool to gain maximum benefit for the business.”
John Judge, Managing Director
Visit our case study section to read John Judge’s tips to others considering implementing a management system.
So what's the Small Business Scheme?
We have developed a range of specialist options for smaller business. Our Small Business Scheme have been designed to give you the support you need and to guide you in the right direction. If you employ up to 45 fulltime employees and work form one site, you could benefit.
We also have a Micro Business Scheme for organisations with up to 5 fulltime employees. Organisation will benefit from the same level of support that the Small Business Scheme can offer, but will also qualify for a combined Stage 1 and 2 initial assessment and annual surveillance visits.
Systems assessors to help give you information you need to make the right choices for your business together with signposts to other sources of help and guidance.
How can LRQA help me?
If you are in the early stage and beginning to develop your management systems then we have free guidance material available on this site. These have been written by experienced management systems assessors to help give you information you need to make the right choices for your business.
Visit our scheme pages, call 0800 783 2179 or complete our enquiry form.