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Why ISO Standards Are a Smart Investment for Small Companies

Realizing the Hidden Value of ISO for a Small Business

Small business owners searching for every competitive advantage often overlook the power of ISO standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. They seem like costly certifications reserved for big corporate entities, with little relevance to a small business. However, overlooking ISO brings some risks and prevents reaping unique benefits an internationally recognized stamp of quality and security can provide.

Protect Your Reputation

Without the rigor of an ISO quality management system, deficiencies in products or services can slip through the cracks. Just one high-profile lapse in quality can devastate a small business’s reputation and bottom line. ISO standards help systematically safeguard processes to prevent errors from damaging your brand.

Open Doors

Although ISO certification are optional, some larger customers or vendors require it from their partners. This tends to only increase as companies expand. By proactively obtaining ISO compliance early on, you position your business for future opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Strengthen Security

Cyberattacks target small companies precisely because their defences are inadequate. Lacking robust information security controls also weakens the integrity of data used to make key business decisions. ISO 27001 establishes a systematic approach to identifying and managing security risks.

Attract Talent

Achieving ISO certification signals to potential employees that your business upholds world-class standards. This gives your small company credibility to attract skilled talent who can provide an added competitive advantage. Promoting ISO compliance conveys workplace excellence.

Optimize Operations 

While the certification process takes effort, ISO’s emphasis on continuous improvement helps uncover operational inefficiencies. Eliminating redundancies and optimizing processes reduces costs over the long term, providing a positive ROI on the ISO investment.

Conclusion

The decision to pursue ISO certification should factor in long-term gains beyond just passing an audit. Rather than a tick box exercise, view ISO standards as instruments for leveraging quality, security, talent and operational optimizations to enable your small business to profitably grow and compete.  Want to know how you can achieve this important standard, then contact us on 01484 666160; email team@synergosconsultancy.co.uk or to book a discovery call, click here.

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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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