In this article our Growth Advisor, Jonathan Crabtree, guides you through ISO certifications and how they can benefit your business.
The most common ISO certifications in the UK in 2014 were ISO9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO14001 (Environmental Management) with 40,200 and 16,685 valid certificates respectively. It’s a relatively costly and timely exercise for an SME to implement new systems or processes to achieve an ISO certification and can require some specialist knowledge, however, benefits to the business outweigh the perceived burdens if the processes are embraced and form part of your core business strategy. You can also be recoup the costs quickly through improved business processes, new customers and contracts retained or secured.
When you tender for contracts with large companies and public bodies, an accreditation often forms part of the supplier checklist. This assures the client company that your processes have been audited and also means you don’t need to provide extensive detail, they can simply tick the box.
ISO accreditations can also help SMEs to build consumer confidence in the brand, enter new markets and increase existing market penetration, and potentially reduce costs through the introduction of new best practice business processes.
Furthermore, in working to secure ISO certification, a business itself will improve, becoming more efficient, safe, cost-effective and customer-focused. Every aspect of management processes will be evaluated on an on-going basis, with problem identification and solving built into the core business approach.
If you are considering an ISO accreditation, ask yourself these key questions:
- How will an accreditation help you to achieve the objectives set out in your business plan?
- Which accreditations are the most relevant to you and your customers?
To discuss ISO accreditations or other business growth topics in more detail, contact our experienced advisors on 0161 359 3050 and firstname.lastname@example.org