Posted on: December 15, 2014
Bosence wins ISO Accreditation –
with the help of Business Investment for Growth
Putting together bids for contracts to help clients across a wider geographical area is a time-consuming and sometimes onerous task – especially with only a relatively small management team to complete them. Both locally and nationally, an essential criteria in any procurement process is to provide evidence of quality management systems. Holding internationally recognised accreditations, in addition to our skills, experience and resources, goes a great way to give procurement officers increased confidence in the quality of our service, and greater assurance of our ability alongside our larger competitors.
To help us to successfully bid for contracts, the management team identified three ISO’s that are frequently sought in tenders:
- Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001: 2008)
- Environmental Management (ISO 14001: 2004) &
- Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001)
However, becoming accredited is, in itself, a huge piece of work. The total cost of setting up the systems necessary for accreditation, and then being assessed are quite high, but as an independent charity competing with major national organisations, having them is vital.
Fortunately help was on hand with the Cornwall Development Company, who worked with us to gain investment from the European Regional Development Fund project, Business Investment for Growth Programme (also known as BIG). They offered us 50% match funding to allow us to work with a local consultant who ensured that we had all the appropriate systems in place, and then guided us through the 2-stage audit for the accreditation process.
As a result we were successfully accredited with all of the three ISO’s at our first application in September, in addition to the existing Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.