6 Mar, 2019
Given today’s volatile political landscape, it is difficult to predict with any degree of accuracy what the international trade situation will be like for British companies post-Brexit. What is certain, however, is that British business remains on a low growth trajectory.
Recent British Chambers of Commerce data indicates that UK GDP growth over the first half of 2018 was the weakest in seven years and the Chamber called for ‘radical measures to kick-start business investment, to drive greater productivity growth in the face of Brexit headwinds.’
It is therefore not surprising that we have seen an increase in enquiries from British companies that trade outside the UK. These companies are looking for a way to future proof their businesses so they more smoothly weather any storms ahead but is ISO the answer?
What Can ISO Standards Offer Your Business?
As you would expect from an organisation named the ‘International Organization for Standardization’, its ISO Standards are exactly the same across the globe. It doesn’t matter if a company is in Ireland, Iceland or India, it’ll be operating to the same high levels. In that sense, it is sensible to see it as a component of your company’s Brexit preparations, if you haven’t already got it.
However, we never recommend that a company embarks on ISO certification purely as a tick box exercise. We see the best results when clients embrace the concept (and the change and development it entails) wholeheartedly and involve every tier of their employees. So, although British companies with ISO certification are exceptionally well placed to reassure their customers that they are committed to operating to the same high standards, regardless whether we are in the EU or not, we will never promote ISO as a ‘panic buy’ solution.
How Can You Get Started?
If you’d like to explore how any of the ISO standards can help your business develop, please contact us on 0330 058 5551 or click on the links below:
ISO for Smaller Businesses – build an ISO compliant management system (Quality or Information Security) using our ISO Lite Toolkit of templates
Upgrade your ISO – our experienced consultants can help you achieve a swift upgrade
ISO Quality Services Ltd are proud to specialise in the implementation and certification of the Internationally recognised ISO and BS EN Management Standards.
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