Starting as you mean to go on – 5 Reasons why ISO9001:2015 is a great starting point for any new business

CupISO 9001 is often viewed as a tool useful for larger businesses but it also has merit and value for smaller business too – and this includes start-ups. Here, we take a look at 5 good reasons you may wish to consider ISO certification early on in your business setup.

Promotes Prestige

For new businesses ‘getting a foot in the door’ is often the hardest part. Bagging your first contract is a mixture of persuasion, tenacity and convincing clients and customers that although a new business, you have the capabilities, skills and experience to deliver. As well as testimonials and customer references, ISO 9001 certification show potential buyers and trade partners that you can not only meet their expectations, but exceed them.

It speaks volumes for your business, as ISO accreditations and standards are highly prized across a range of industries and sectors. It creates a favourable impression of your business in the eyes of others, something that many new businesses sorely need.

Can you think of a better way to show customers that you can deliver?

Streamlines Operations

For any start-up, one of the biggest hurdles they face is creating streamlined operations and organisational structure. It takes time and energy to create structure within a business, possibly one of the reasons why many start-ups leave this until another time. However, making the effort early is rewarded with efficiency.

There is also a question of accuracy, especially in the timing of delivering products or services to a customer, one of the key questions that a customer will ask: when will my order be delivered?

The process of ISO 9001 accreditation is such that it will walk a new business, step-by-step through the process of creating streamlined systems for efficient and effective delivery of services and products.

It creates a much-needed structure of a fledgling business. How would your business benefit from ISO 9001?

Pre-Qualification for Tenders

The tendering process is one that is lucrative for all businesses and for a start-up, it can be the process that gives them access to large contracts.

ISO 9001 may improve your chances of winning tender work. Government department and agencies, as well as large corporations want to know that you can deliver and an ISO accreditation mark will make all the difference.

Basis for Growth

To survive, your business needs to grow and make a profit. You need an expanding and diverse base of customers but there are times when growth happens all-at-once.

You have two options: sink or swim. When it comes the swim, or growth option, investing in and working on your business is essential. And ISO 9001 is the perfect tool for controlling expansion.

Investment of time

As a start-up, there are a million and one things that need doing, many things that need to be juggled. Taking on ISO 9001 certification, a time intensive process some would say, seems a step too far. Or is it? With the help of Synergos Consultancy, it will be money and time well spent.

How can we help you?

Click here to download our new eBook, which will give you an overview on the ISO standard 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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