A training company that secured internationally recognised quality standards in just a few months is now helping others to do the same.
C & A Safety Solutions launched in 2012 to provide vocational work-based courses specifically aimed at the region’s engineering and manufacturing sector.
But after attaining all three of its ISO accreditations in just six months, it began advising other firms to help fast-track them through the process.
So far, the Hartlepool-based business has provided consultation for six companies seeking to gain the accreditations, including those in the waste management, transport and engineering sectors.
Recently, it also helped recruitment specialist Adept achieve the ISO-9001 benchmark for quality management.
C & A Safety Solutions managing director Alan Roberts said: “Unfortunately, a lot of companies try to complete the ISO accreditation themselves and get a bit tied up in knots.
“But after being through the process ourselves, we knew exactly what is required and how every business is different.
“I am delighted for Adept because it is the first business that I have ever heard of that has achieved ISO accreditation with zero non-compliances.”
C & A Safety Solutions was set up as a spin-off from engineering company C & A Pumps to deliver highly specialised health and safety and management courses for North East companies such Camerons Brewery, Cleveland Potash and Clarion Homes.
The firm, however, identified a gap in the market after attaining swift success in ISO accreditations for quality management, environmental management, and for health and safety.
The accreditation delivers a number of benefits to companies, including opportunities to win new business, improved efficiency and reduced costs.
It is also seen as a means of establishing professional credibility to internationally recognised standards.
C & A’s tailored approach, which encourages businesses to adapt their existing procedures rather than start from scratch, has won admirers such as Teesside University, which set up a partnership with the business to identify and support those looking to make the ISO grade.
Roberts added: “Make no bones about it - achieving ISO accreditation is not a simple process.
“Businesses often struggle because they don’t have the resources available to see it through.
“For some organisations – especially larger ones - there’s an element of fear because they think they have to re-invent the wheel.
“But it doesn’t have to be that way.
“It’s essentially about creating a system that people can pick up and follow.”