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Useful ISO tips and business guides.

The Business Benefits of ISO 14001

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

The Business Benefits of ISO 14001

Buyer beware: the importance of UKAS accreditation

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 accreditation

Quality Management Systems (QMS) explained

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.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) explained

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

Confirm your suitability for supply contracts: Pre-Qualification Questionnaires

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

Confirm your suitability for supply contracts: Pre-Qualification Questionnaires

Could CSR boost your business?

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

Could CSR boost your business?

Environmental policy: confirming your green credentials

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

Environmental policy: confirming your green credentials

How to check if a company is legitimate

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.

How to check if a company is legitimate

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

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?

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

How to write your sustainability policy

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

How to write your sustainability policy

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 and Cyber Essentials Certification – A Quick Comparison

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

ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Certification – A Quick Comparison

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

Choosing a Certification Assessment Body

Is your certification assessment body accredited or not?

Choosing a Certification Assessment Body

6 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.

6 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

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

The 3 Main 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.

The 3 Main Causes of Security Breaches

What is safety schemes in procurement (SSIP)? SSIP Explained

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

What is safety schemes in procurement (SSIP)? SSIP Explained

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

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

How to Get More Clients for Your Business

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.

How to Get More Clients for Your Business

How to Win Tenders – Our 7 Key Factors

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.

How to Win Tenders – Our 7 Key Factors

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

Making Your Business’s Driving More Ecologically Friendly

Follow this guide to steer your business to more eco-friendly driving, helping to save money and reduce environmental and health impacts.

Making Your Business’s Driving More Ecologically Friendly

Creating shared value – a new way of doing business?

CSV is an approach used by companies to develop the future market and strengthen economies and communities.

Creating shared value – a new way of doing business?

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

Why a business plan matters and how to get yours right

Proper planning, budgeting and forecasting are all an essential part of commercial success. How can you create a truly effective business plan?

Why a business plan matters and how to get yours right

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

Our tips for a greener office

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

Our tips for a greener 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

The three-year 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.

The three-year 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

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

These Companies are Carbon Neutral – Here’s How You Can Be Too

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

These Companies are Carbon Neutral – Here’s How You Can Be Too

ISO Revisions Explained: ISO 9001 – 2015

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: ISO 9001 – 2015

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

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

How to 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.

How to Cut Water Use in the Office

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.