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

ISO Transition Deadline – An Important Update

The transition deadline is fast approaching. We'll be auditing all clients to the new versions of the standards from 15th March 2018.

ISO Transition Deadline – An Important Update

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

ISO Certification Cost & Process

Here we explain the cost & process of ISO certification in a nutshell.

ISO Certification Cost & Process

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

5 Reasons to Choose BAB

Here are 5 reasons why thousands of organisations of all types and sizes have chosen the British Assessment Bureau. We think you should do the same!

5 Reasons to Choose BAB

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?

ISO 9001: The Benefits

An ISO 9001 certificate may be great for winning tenders, but it can also help your business become leaner, and more profitable. We share how.

ISO 9001: The Benefits

Why start-ups should embrace ISO standards

There's a misconception that ISO standards aren't for small businesses, yet good structure is key to building stable foundations for a bright future.

Why start-ups should embrace ISO standards

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

Small Businesses Are At Risk

Data breaches are becoming a more regular occurrence, with several big-ticket businesses across the world falling - but small businesses are at risk too.

Small Businesses Are At Risk

Personal Details of 550,000 Blood Donors Leaked

Red Cross confirm personal data of over half a million blood donors across Australia has been compromised in a huge security breach.

Personal Details of 550,000 Blood Donors Leaked

Are Your Suppliers Putting You at Risk?

Given the enormous time and cost put into winning a contract, it’s hugely important to ensure sub-contractors and suppliers don’t undermine your efforts.

Are Your Suppliers Putting You at Risk?

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

Yahoo Confirms Biggest Data Breach Ever

Multinational technology company Yahoo has confirmed massive data breach that stole personal information from at least 500 million users.

Yahoo Confirms Biggest Data Breach Ever

Make Time for ISO 9001

The leading reason for people not proceeding with certification is a lack of time. No time to be efficient? There's a simple answer - make the time!

Make Time for ISO 9001

We’re Here to Help!

Since the launch of our new website in July, we’ve been focusing on making everything so much easier for our clients. See how we're making improvements...

We’re Here to Help!

A Business Lesson from the NHS

The NHS tends to turn to compliance to ensure things are done properly. This guide explores the business lesson we can learn from the NHS.

A Business Lesson from the NHS

Recycle Week 2016

Recycle Week 2016 is taking place from 12th - 18th September. The theme ‘The Unusual Suspects’ has been lined up and we’re keen for businesses to get involved.

Recycle Week 2016

Cyber-Attacks: Know Your Enemy

As cyber-attacks and data breaches are on the rise around the world, a common question asked is "what motivates cyber-attacks?"...

Cyber-Attacks: Know Your Enemy

ISO 27001 Training Is Business Critical

With worldwide security breaches taking over the headlines recently, is it any wonder businesses are seeking ways to protect themselves against these risks?

ISO 27001 Training Is Business Critical

Another Day, Another Breach

This year more organisations than ever have achieved certification to ISO 27001, as the threat of data breaches increases on a day to day basis.

Another Day, Another Breach

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

ISO 9001 is a Proven Business Winner

According to data from our 2015 client satisfaction survey, 68% of clients have qualified for / won business as a result of becoming ISO 9001 certified.

ISO 9001 is a Proven Business Winner

10 Reasons To Have ISO 9001

In this guide we outline the top 10 reasons why you should become certified to the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001.

10 Reasons To Have ISO 9001

Book Your Free ISO Training Course!

It’s much easier to get wider ISO buy-in and engagement when you have 2 people championing the benefits of certification. Claim your free training course now.

Book Your Free ISO Training Course!

ISO 14001 Increases Competitiveness

68% of BAB's clients with ISO 14001 have either qualified for, or directly won business thanks to their green credentials.

ISO 14001 Increases Competitiveness

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 in a Nutshell

We know that ISO standards may seem a bit daunting, but in reality they are quite straight forward. Learn the basics of ISO here.

ISO in a Nutshell

Are We Green Enough Yet?

'Going green' has turned into a goal for more and more organisations, especially when they realise just how much money could be saved.

Are We Green Enough Yet?

Understanding Data Security

Companies must have security procedures in place to ensure personal data belonging to customers and employees is stored securely, without risks attached.

Understanding Data Security

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

Are You Protected?

It’s hardly surprising that keeping data secure is important and so one of the most common laws you need to comply with is the Data Protection Act 1998.

Are You Protected?

Get Cycling for Bike Week 2016

As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week - taking place 11th-19th June - encourages over half a million professionals to get cycling!

Get Cycling for Bike Week 2016

Make Your Plan

Sadly, too many small businesses ignore planning and the old adage, ‘Fail to plan and you plan to fail’ comes true! Follow this guide to help plan ahead.

Make Your Plan

Clients Celebrate 2015 Standards

Figures show that over 60% of BAB clients are taking the opportunity to be early adopters of the newly revised ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.

Clients Celebrate 2015 Standards

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!

ISO Certificates Aren’t All Equal

The number of companies seeking ISO certification is accelerating quickly and so are the number of companies who offer to audit and certify companies.

ISO Certificates Aren’t All Equal

Getting Fit to Tender

The 1st Winning Bid seminar of the year was held at West Kent B2B - find out the tips we picked up from the day, which are applicable to nationwide bids.

Getting Fit to Tender

4 Tips to How to Win 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 to How to Win Tenders

SME Directors Back ISO 9001

The IoD held a ‘Director Roundtable’ in the Feb '16 issue of Director Magazine; bringing a panel of SME owners together to discuss the difficulties SMEs face.

SME Directors Back ISO 9001

Love Your Business Again

Amid the romance of Valentine's Day, we’ve put together a guide for what owner-manager’s should do when they fall out of love with their business.

Love Your Business Again

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

EU Data Protection Law

The General Data Protection Regulations is set to come into place in 2018. Find out what the modifications entail and how they will effect UK businesses.

EU Data Protection Law

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

UK Campaign: Air Pollution

The UK, who are far behind on their EU air quality targets, has been actively campaigning in Europe for pollution to be allowed to worsen.

UK Campaign: Air Pollution

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

Hilton Save $550m with ISO

Since 2009, Hilton's environmental management systems, including ISO 14001, have saved the international hotel chain in excess of $550 million.

Hilton Save $550m with ISO

Micro Business Matters Day 2016

On 8th January 'Micro Business Matters Day' takes place, encouraging people around the world to support businesses with 9 of less members of staff.

Micro Business Matters Day 2016

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

Highest UK Adspend in 2015

The United Kingdom's advertising expenditure reached a record high of £9,424million in the first quarter of 2015, thanks to a rise in mobile marketing.

Highest UK Adspend in 2015

ISO 14001 Wins New Business

Learn how implementing ISO 14001 helps win new business, how the standard benefits organisations and how BAB clients are succeeding as a result.

ISO 14001 Wins New Business

Small Business Saturday 2015

We encourage all SMEs to play their part in this event by promoting their product / service in the local community on Saturday 5th December.

Small Business Saturday 2015

National Tree Week 2015

Since 1975, National Tree Week has encouraged Brits to celebrate their green surroundings and appreciate the importance of trees in the environment.

National Tree Week 2015

Update: Autumn Statement

As anticipated, George Osborne's Autumn Statement provided positive updates for small businesses and local firms. Learn how your SME may be affected.

Update: Autumn Statement

Social Media Guide for SMEs

Read this guide to learn how well executed social media for SMEs can be a brilliant way to engage with customers and further improve market intelligence.

Social Media Guide for SMEs

Staying Safe Online

Cyber crime may not be able to be eradicated but it can be drastically reduced by adopting proven checks and measures through implementing ISO 27001.

Staying Safe Online

Promoting ISO Certifications

After you've been awarded your ISO certification, it is essential that the word of your achievements is spread to clients, prospective clients and competitors.

Promoting ISO Certifications

Review: World Quality Day 2015

We look back over the past 12 months at how ISO 9001 has adapted to remain at the forefront of quality management best practice for yet another year.

Review: World Quality Day 2015

ISO 9001 Helps Open Doors

Learn how the internationally recognised ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard opens doors for new business, and the competitive benefits the standard holds.

ISO 9001 Helps Open Doors

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

Guide to Green Commuting

With the price of fuel at an all time high in the UK and environment issues never going away, now's the time to review your organisation's commuting policy.

Guide to Green Commuting

Disadvantages of Office Superhero’s

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 Superhero’s

ISO 9001 & Risk-Based Thinking

Risk has always been implicit within ISO 9001, but not explicit. The word ‘risk’ is being used throughout ISO’s management standards as they are being revised.

ISO 9001 & Risk-Based Thinking

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

Implementing ISO Certification

What does it take to achieve ISO certification? As a CB, we often find our clients are already doing good things, just some processes aren't formalised.

Implementing ISO Certification

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

Green Employees Work Harder

A recent study found that companies who have implemented environmental standards like ISO 14001 and Fair Trade are experiencing significant benefits.

Green Employees Work Harder

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

Making ISO 9001 Exciting

ISO 9001 isn’t loved by all, and a major part of that is down to the quality management standard’s predecessors and the amount of documentation involved.

Making ISO 9001 Exciting

Tenders & PQQs Requirements

Tony Zemaitis, a specialist consultant in helping organisations win tenders, provides insights from his 25 years of experience dealing with various clients.

Tenders & PQQs Requirements

Google Achieve ISO 27001

Google achieve certification to the ISO 27001 Information Security Standard for their Google Apps for Business department. Find out what this means for them...

Google Achieve ISO 27001

ISO Standards at 2012 Olympics

In this feature, we take a look at how ISO standards helped to achieve London 2012’s sustainability goals. Find out how ISO touched those involved.

ISO Standards at 2012 Olympics

FAQs

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