ISO Quality Services Ltd March 2017 Newsletter
1 Mar, 2017
In this month’s edition read about how ISO certification can help a small business, the latest updates on ISO 45001 and our upcoming events including our free coffee, cake and consultancy open day and our annual Golf Day!
What’s in this issue?
JOIN US FOR COFFEE, CAKE … AND FREE ISO CONSULTANCY!
On Thursday 30th March, we will be opening our doors to clients and friends of ISO Quality Services Ltd to raise money for Sight Concern in Worcester.
We are welcoming clients to have a coffee and a free hours consultancy time with one of our assessors to develop their ISO systems, as well as meet with any businesses who are considering implementing an ISO system.
Friends and contacts are also welcome to pop in, mingle with our staff and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes to raise money for a very worthy cause.
Sight Concern in Worcester is a local charity supporting blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. They have been supporting people in the area for over 130 years, helping those with sight loss create a new life for themselves and build their confidence.
ISO Quality Services Ltd has been trading in Worcester for over 16 years. We help businesses to improve their internal processes and provide structure, stability and security to support growth.
We can implement a range of ISO Management Standards including the popular ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard, ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard and the BS OHSAS Health & Safety Management Standard.
For more information on our services, please do get in touch. To book an hour consultancy slot to discuss ISO certification on the 30th March, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, please feel free to simply pop in to network and enjoy a coffee and cake, in aid of Sight Concern. To find out more about the charity and their work in the community, please visit http://www.sightconcern.co.uk/ or contact 01905 723245.
Book a slot by emailing email@example.com
NEW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARD FURTHER DELAYED
The ISO 45001, the new international standard for health and safety management has been further delayed until 2018, and could now be as late as next June.
The new standard, which will replace the BS OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management standard, has been significantly delayed once again. The new international standard aims to bring health and safety more in line with the recently updated ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 mainframe.
A committee of health and safety professionals, from 70 countries, are involved in the development of the standard, and will help to provide safer working conditions and support employee well-being.
When released the new standard will seek to:
- Reduce the risks to personnel and additional relevant parties.
- Create a focus of continual improvement to constantly seek to improve health and safety standards in the workplace.
- Ensure that all activities are carried out, along with a company’s health and safety policy are in line with an internationally recognised standard.
- Context of Organisation– Will look at the internal and external factors of a business, addressing the risks and examining how to control them.
- Leadership– Will identify the means of communication on different levels, not just at management level.
- Documented information– Will take in to account all documentation and records.
ISO Quality Services Ltd will endeavour to be pro-active and keep you updated with the release of ISO 45001. If you are an existing customer, our client services team will be in touch to prepare you for the changes.
HOW CAN ISO CERTIFICATION HELP A SMALL BUSINESS?
It is a common thought that ISO certification is meant for large corporate businesses, but don’t be misled by this. In fact, ISO certification can be just as beneficial for small businesses as it is for large, and the standards are designed to help all different sized businesses. After all, 99% of all businesses in the private sector are small businesses!
Take ISO 9001 as an example. The Quality Management standard is a solid first standard that many companies opt for. The clue is in the name of the standard, it is designed to support your company in delivering a quality service and satisfying your customers. An obvious target for any sized company.
So what are the benefits?
Improving Tender Success
Been beat to a contract because your competitor is certified? Many organisations no longer accept bids from companies that do not hold ISO certification. By being able to show that you run an ISO system, you are more likely to be considered for a contract as you are showing that you are a professional company with a commitment to providing a quality service, no matter what your company size is. This will help you gain the edge over any competitors and level the playing field with larger companies.
Increased Business Efficiency
When you are a small business, being efficient with your resources can be an effective way of reducing wasted time, money and effort. Running an ISO system can help you to manage your use of resource so that you can identify aspects where savings can be made and action on them. This will help your small business as it allows you to re-allocate your resources to aspects that need it more, keeping your company running smoothly.
ACCESS FUNDING TO COVER UP TO 35% OF A NEW PROJECT THROUGH THE MANUFACTURING GROWTH PROGRAMME
Are you an SME manufacturer looking for new ways to grow? You may be eligible for new ERDF funding through the Manufacturing Growth Programme.
The funding is designed to support growth focused Manufacturing SMEs and can provide up to 35% towards the cost of new projects to facilitate growth. Through the program you could access funding in the region of £1400 towards the cost of supported projects.
The programme looks to support SMEs who are under 250 employees, have a turnover less than £50 million. In order to be eligible for the funding who also need to be able to show that you are looking to grow, either to increase turnover or aid in the creation of new jobs or products/services in your area.
The programme is looking to support SMEs based in the West Midlands; Yorkshire; and parts of the East Midlands and East of England.
Your application could potentially be processed 5 days after your grant application is completed, meaning that if applicable you could be able to stay working on projects within a week of receiving the go ahead.
This funding could be used to help with new machinery, ISO consultancy and certification or to help
implement new technologies.
For more information about the funding and to find out if you are eligible please contact Catherine Bray firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for Coffee, Cake and Consultancy
Date: 30th March
Location: ISO Quality Services, Quality Suite, Oak House, Bromyard Road, Worcester
Are you a keen golfer? Join us at our annual Golf Tournament
Tuesday 20th June
18 Hole Stableford Competition at Bransford Golf & Country Club, Worcester
The agenda for the day is a 9.45am registration with bacon butties, tea and coffee and the chance for networking before heading out to the course for a 10.30am tee off.
In the afternoon sit down to enjoy a one course meal followed by a prize giving presentation and charity raffle, before continuing networking until around 6.00pm.
The cost of the day will be £35.00 per player including a donation to our charity, the Midlands Air Ambulance.
On arrival, you will be given a complimentary pack of three ISO Quality Services golf balls and a limited number of buggies are available on a first come first served basis.
So if you would like to join us for a day on the green or for more information please email Hanna or call 01905 670303.
Also, share our Golf Day post on Twitter or LinkedIn and follow our page to be in with a chance of winning a 4-ball at The Vale Golf Club.
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ISO Quality Services Ltd are proud to specialise in the implementation and certification of the Internationally recognised ISO and BS EN Management Standards.
Do you want to get ahead of your competition? Win more tenders or save time and money on reoccurring issues? Contact us today on 01905 670303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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