New year resolutions for your business

Resolutions are a chance to commit to doing something better, whether that is a personal or business commitment. But with the majority of resolutions doomed to failure in the first week of the New Year, how can you commit and promise to make a change that doesn’t fall flat by the end of January?

WHY are you resolving to make a change?

As with personal resolutions, you need to be clear about why things need to be done differently within your business in 2018. Some changes may be mandatory, and others may be optional. The secret is not to take too many  big steps all at once.

And that means you need to plan. Rather than changing something all at once – and many things at once – consider rolling out any new policies, processes and ways of doing things. This means being prepared with a strategy for change in the coming year. What changes could make it on your list and be part of your business strategy?

1. GDPR (Mandatory)

There is no getting away from it. From May 2018, there is a new set of regulations and rules that govern data protection, security and safety. Get it wrong or fail to comply and you will face a hefty fine.

With the hectic festive season out of the way, make January the month you resolve to get to grips with the new regulations and strategies what needs to change and how you are going to do it.

IMPORTANT – GDPR affects everyone and as an EU regulation, it does apply to the UK, no matter how BREXIT looks in the end!

2. Get to grips with quality management

Fielding niggling complaints? Is there a chink in the supply chain that isn’t right? Waiting for products only to find they are not the same quality?

If this is the case, then make 2018 the year you resolve to get a grip on quality management issues in your business. Start with an audit to identify which parts of all your processes are weak – you are looking at processes and products, not people! – and start to get a clearer picture of the deeper problems being quality management.

Consider the accreditation process to ISO9001:2015 as a means of really pulling it all together.

3. Get greener and tell people!

2018 is set to be a big year when it comes to carbon emissions and how countries are going to commit to reducing levels and fast. Businesses across all industries will play a big part in this.

The annual COP global warming summit will be held in Poland this coming year and is expected to be the global conference in which the targets, the rules and so on will be carved out relating to the Paris Agreement.

Be ready by looking at how green your business currently in and what more you could do to really make a serious commitment to cutting carbon emissions and waste. And don’t forget to tell people about it because commitment to changing global warming is what needs to happen from individuals to businesses.

What resolutions will you make for your business this year? Will you stick to them, or might you need a little help…?

How can we help you?

Click here to download our new eBook, which will give you an overview of the ISO standards and the FAQs that will help you understand ISO better.

If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of certification, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advice and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 817 444 or Email and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Jenny Kilburn
Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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