Our core competency is in assisting clients in achieving various ISO certifications, but we offer many additional services to support this. We take our time to understand your business fully to ensure we deliver the right services for you.
We can produce a meaningful and non-burdening management system, bespoke to your business needs, as well as help you identify a choice of suitable certification bodies.
We then support you through to certification, including the provision of coaching, internal auditing and assistance with management review. We’ll also be present at the certification audit itself.
Furthermore, we have packages available to help you manage your systems post-certification so that you can focus on reaping the benefits of your new certifications.
Standards & Certification
We have significant experience in assisting our clients in achieving certifications to various ISO standards.
The benefits of ISO certification for businesses are numerous and include:
- Improved customer confidence
- Increased credibility
- External assurance of your systems
All the certification bodies we work with are accredited by UKAS. UKAS accredited certification is specified as a requirement by an increasing number of organisations. It is also recognised globally and adds additional credibility to your certification.
ISO9001 certification is fast becoming a ‘must have’ for modern businesses. It focusses on quality, process control and improvement, leading to reduced costs and greater efficiency. It reassures customers that your products and services will meet their requirements for quality. ISO9001 also provides an excellent foundation for other management standards such as ISO14001 and ISO27001.
With an increased global focus on environmental responsibility, businesses are under growing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing their resources effectively. ISO14001 focuses on helping you reduce your impact on the environment by having documented processes in place for reducing waste, improving resource efficiency and meeting any legal, regulatory or compliance obligations.
ISO27001 is the recognised international best practice standard for information security. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) encourages the use of certification like ISO27001 to demonstrate that your organisation is actively managing data securely. It helps you protect your data and information, identify any risks and put appropriate controls in place to manage those risks.
ISO45001 will replace OHSAS 18001 as the recognised standard for health and safety; businesses with OHSAS 18001 certification can convert to ISO45001 now. ISO45001 demonstrates that you not only understand health and safety but that you actively ensure a safe working environment and look out for the well-being of employees. It helps you manage risk, remain compliant and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Health and safety legislation exists to protect you, your employees and your clients. If your organisation isn’t ready for ISO45001, we can help you gain SSIP certifications such as CHAS, SMAS and Safe Contractor. We’ll help you identify the most appropriate schemes for your business and assist you in achieving and maintaining certification whilst setting the foundations for achieving ISO45001 in the future.
Your management system is crucial to gaining any ISO certifications but it shouldn’t solely serve that purpose. Your management system should be at the heart of your business, adding value by increasing efficiency, reducing cost and improving operations.
We can help you develop a relevant system from scratch or transform an existing system by applying knowledge management principles.
| Integrated Management Systems
An Integrated Management System (IMS) is regarded as the ultimate in management systems, combining all your policies, procedures and other documentation in one place. Developing a new IMS from scratch is no more difficult than writing an individual Quality, Environmental or Safety Management System.
|Quality Management Systems (QMS)
An effective Quality Management System is a key element of ISO9001 but will add great value to your business regardless of whether you want to achieve certification. Quality is about meeting client expectations; a formal system can help you better manage this through consistent development, review and evaluation of your processes.
|Environmental Management Systems
Implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) helps you understand how your business impacts on the environment, identify ways to reduce this and improve compliance with applicable legislation. We have extensive experience of developing, implementing and improving bespoke Environmental Management Systems for our clients.
|Safety Management Systems (SMS)
A vital element of effective Health & Safety is a Safety Management System which clearly demonstrates how your Health & Safety arrangements work. We can develop, implement and maintain your SMS. Common sense and practicality form the core of our solutions; your bespoke system will be designed to improve your business, not hinder it.
We can act as agents for various sources of potential funding that can supply up to a third of the cost of the project. We will act on your behalf in negotiations to help you secure what you’re entitled to.
Training & HR
Having the right people, doing the right things with the right policies and procedures in place is critical to business success. Alpha Swanson can provide a range of knowledge and skills-based training relevant to your business. We have a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ courses but can also work with you to develop bespoke programmes to meet your individual needs.
Management development, including coaching and mentoring, can significantly improve business performance. We have years of experience coaching senior managers and Directors. We are agents of various EU Skills Registers courses, including Water Hygiene and Water SHEA, and can deliver these courses at your premises or off-site.
We also offer a tailored HR service ranging from general HR support and performance management to working with you on designing the long-term strategy for your organisation.
Find Out More
The best way to find out how we can add value to your business is to get in touch. We’ll have an open and honest conversation about your needs and offer our suggestions and recommendations for how you can achieve your goal. Contact us to discuss your requirements and book your initial consultation.