Guides

Useful ISO tips and business guides.

What’s new with ISO 45001?

As with all new and revised ISO standards, ISO 45001 will follow the same common terminology and structure of Annex SL.

What’s new with ISO 45001?

Buyer Beware: The Importance of UKAS

UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) are officially appointed by government to be the UK’s sole National Accreditation Body (NAB).

Buyer Beware: The Importance of UKAS

9 Steps to prepare for GDPR

With significant fines looming for non-compliance, it's defiantly better to be active rather than re-active to GDPR.

9 Steps to prepare for GDPR

Sustainability Policy Tips

A Sustainability Policy is a statement outlining your business’ commitment and strategy towards all areas of sustainability. Find out what to include in yours.

Sustainability Policy Tips

Tender Tips: Meeting GDPR

GDPR is a good thing. You can win more business by preparing for it early, here we explain how.

Tender Tips: Meeting GDPR

ISO 27001 vs Cyber Essentials

Here we discuss the benefits of, and compare, the two most popular cyber security strategies: ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials.

ISO 27001 vs Cyber Essentials

ISO: Who, What, Why and How?

International Standards quite simply ‘make things work’ and provide worldwide recognised specifications for products, services and systems; impacting everyone!

ISO: Who, What, Why and How?

GDPR – what you need to know

Here we give the low-down on what you need to know about GDPR.

GDPR – what you need to know

Check Company Legitimacy

To help determine fact from fiction where ISO is concerned, we've created a guide to help you verify whether an organisation is legitimate or not.

Check Company Legitimacy

Introduction to CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility is how your organisation's existence affects stakeholders and recognising the impacts your organisation leaves.

Introduction to CSR

Choosing a Certification Assessment Body

Is your certification assessment body accredited or not?

Choosing a Certification Assessment Body

The 8 Principles of QMS

ISO 9001 is based on 8 principles of Quality Management - guiding the standard's development and is a useful resources for management professionals.

The 8 Principles of QMS

10 Steps to ISO Certification

To help those new to the implementation process of ISO, we've covered things step-by-step, detailing what is required from you, as well as your chosen CB.

10 Steps to ISO Certification

Reasons to Love ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is an information security management system. With the threat of cyber security now more prominent than ever, we outline the key benefits of ISO 27001

Reasons to Love ISO 27001

The tender process explained

If you are new to bidding for contracts and tenders, the process can seem like a maze to navigate. We share the steps and hints for getting started.

The tender process explained

How much does ISO 9001 cost?

Inevitably, this is the key question when first looking into what it takes to attain certification to ISO 9001. We look at the factors that influence the cost.

How much does ISO 9001 cost?

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 27001

We take you through what ISO 27001 is, how it works, the benefits and why the Information Security Management Standard is more popular than ever before.

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 27001

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 14001

Not sure why ISO 14001 is right for you? We've put together the ultimate guide to ISO 14001 to answer commonly asked questions about the popular standard.

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 14001

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 9001

Not sure what ISO 9001 is, why you need it, what the benefits are and how much it costs? We've built the ultimate guide to ISO 9001 to answer those questions.

The Ultimate Guide to ISO 9001

Don’t Spook Your Customers

Protecting personal data is an example of how not to “spook” your customers - it’s advantageous to make your business the best it can to win and retain work.

Don’t Spook Your Customers

The Threat From Within

Barely a day goes by without a big corporate falling victim to a hacking attempt. The online world we live in is full of opportunity, but also risk.

The Threat From Within

Budgeting for ISO Certification

If you're researching the costs of ISO certification, hopefully you're sold on the extensive benefits it can bring. But how much does it really cost?

Budgeting for ISO Certification

The ISO revisions: a guide to the transition

It’s mandatory for those with ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 to move to the updated versions of the standards by September 2018. Find out more in this guide.

The ISO revisions: a guide to the transition

3 Causes of Security Breaches

There are hundreds of security breaches that happen across the world every day. Here we look into the main causes, from human error to system glitches.

3 Causes of Security Breaches

SSIP – What’s It All About?

For those in the construction sector, demonstrating appropriate levels of health and safety management is practical, professional and mandatory.

SSIP – What’s It All About?

Define your Brand

This guide highlights the importance of setting standards and working hard to ensure they are the same every time a customer experiences them.

Define your Brand

ISO 27001 for Beginners

The ISO 27001 Information Security Management standard is a way of ensuring you'e managing your risks effectively. Read on for an introduction to the standard.

ISO 27001 for Beginners

Help I Need Some More Clients, Now!

Follow Business Coach, Shirley Mansfield's insightful guide to learn how to attract the right type of clients and make sure the right clients find you.

Help I Need Some More Clients, Now!

4 Tips for Winning Public Sector Tenders

We shine a spotlight on the important steps businesses should be taking to ensure they're submitting competitive bids - and as a result - winning more tenders.

4 Tips for Winning Public Sector Tenders

Follow Business Recipes

ISO 9001 is simplified using the analogy of a classic pancake recipe - if you can follow a recipe and make a pancake, then you can successfully run a business!

Follow Business Recipes

HSBC Suffer Cyber Attack

HSBC, one of the world’s largest leading banking and financial services organisations, are the latest company to fall victim to a very public cyber attack.

HSBC Suffer Cyber Attack

Eco-Friendly Driving Tips

Follow this guide to steer your business to a smarter driving way of thinking; to help save money and to reduce environmental and health impacts.

Eco-Friendly Driving Tips

Creating Shared Value

CSV is an approach used by companies to develop the future market and strengthen economies and communities. Learn how ISO 14001 can help!

Creating Shared Value

Importance of a Business Plan

It's understandable owner-managers may find it difficult justifying spending time writing a Business Plan. Read this guide to find out our helpful top tips.

Importance of a Business Plan

The UK’s Latest Data Breaches

It's recently been revealed a further 2 popular British organisations have fallen victim to damaging data breaches, directly affecting employees and customers.

The UK’s Latest Data Breaches

How to Create a Green Office

Follow these easy steps to create more environmentally friendly working surroundings for your employees - boosting morale and making considerable cost savings.

How to Create a Green Office

Business Growth Tips: Finding Grants

With many government tenders requiring various boxes to be ticked before you can do business with them, there’s a need to speculate to accumulate!

Business Growth Tips: Finding Grants

ISO 14001:2015 Asks Managers to Lead the Way

Senior management won’t be able to simply delegate and therefore absolve themselves from responsibility. Quite simply, the buck stops with the leaders.

ISO 14001:2015 Asks Managers to Lead the Way

SMEs vs Big Businesses

Competition is good for business! If you're an SME, follow this guide for helpful tips on how to compete - and win - against bigger businesses.

SMEs vs Big Businesses

Disadvantages of Office Superheroes

Are you the office superhero? You know, when there’s a problem is it you that always steps in to save the day? Find out how it could be limiting your business.

Disadvantages of Office Superheroes

The Essential Guide to ISO 9001

If you’re new to the world of ISO 9001, it’s not the easiest of subjects to get to grips with; so we've created our Essential Guide to ISO 9001 to help you!

The Essential Guide to ISO 9001

Certification Cycle Explained

Businesses must be audited on a continuous basis to ensure they're still meeting the requirements of their chosen standard. Learn about the 3-year cycle here.

Certification Cycle Explained

PDCA Cycle & OHSAS 18001

OHSAS’ certification adopts the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ (PDCA) principle - here's an overview of the cycle and an explanation of how it's translated to OHSAS 18001.

PDCA Cycle & OHSAS 18001

What Exactly is a QMS?

Find out how a Quality Management System prove you deliver a good service, on time and on budget; along with the benefits and how to get certified.

What Exactly is a QMS?

ISO’s Annex SL Explained

The advent of ISO’s Directive Annex SL will mean those who implement multiple ISO management standards will find it a far easier task in the future.

ISO’s Annex SL Explained

Carbon Neutral Businesses

Carbon neutrality is an often touted aim of businesses, cities and even countries. But who is actually walking the walk with their sustainability policies?

Carbon Neutral Businesses

ISO Revisions Explained

It wasn’t until 2000 that ISO 9001 really started making sense to all industries and becoming suitable for organisations of any size following its revision.

ISO Revisions Explained

Guide to Reducing Waste

Improving your resource efficiency can reduce your carbon footprint, improve your environmental performance and enhance your corporate image.

Guide to Reducing Waste

The Big List of Energy Facts

We've scoured the web for business facts concerning energy consumption, pollution and the differences when using an energy efficient alternative.

The Big List of Energy Facts

ISO 14001 For Beginners

Introducing the beginner's guide to the popular ISO 14001 environmental management standard. Learn more about what ISO 14001 is all about and its benefits.

ISO 14001 For Beginners

Business Case for ISO 14001

Environmental management isn't simply a distraction, or cost. Successful implementation provides a multitude of benefits for businesses.

Business Case for ISO 14001

How to Complete PQQ’s

Interested in bidding for a public sector or local authority contract? Then you'll need to get to grips with Pre Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs).

How to Complete PQQ’s

Finding Public Sector Tenders

The public sector provides a welcome stream of contracts - however there is the small matter of finding them! This guide shows you where to look.

Finding Public Sector Tenders

Reduce Costs of ISO 9001

This guide details who's eligible for funding opportunities and what you can do to gain financial assistance with achieving ISO 9001.

Reduce Costs of ISO 9001

Cut Water Use in the Office

There are many simple things businesses can do to cut water usage. Follow this guide for the benefits of using less water, combined with practical tips.

Cut Water Use in the Office

Environmental Policy Tips

Environmental Policies are a statement outlining your business’ environmental strategy and the driving force behind objectives. Find out what to include here.

Environmental Policy Tips

Energy Saving Advice

It makes sound business sense to use less energy. Follow this guide to find out how to make considerable energy savings in your business.

Energy Saving Advice

Tendering Advice

We've compiled some advice for companies new to the tendering process with help from specialist DHR Interim, to help you win those all important bids.

Tendering Advice

FAQs

Our FAQ page is designed to answer the most common ISO questions.