North East businesses are being given a helping hand to achieve an internationally recognised industry standard thanks to a new partnership between a Hartlepool-based installation company and Teesside University.
The ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 certificates are the benchmark which large companies look to when they outsource lucrative work.
However, businesses often struggle to complete the paperwork necessary to be considered for the accreditation because they do not have the resources available to see the process through.
Now, Teesside University has appointed C&A Pumps and Engineering to support businesses that want to put themselves forward for the certificates.
Managing director Alan Roberts said: “The ISO process is massively misunderstood.
“Businesses wrongly think they need to pull together masses of paperwork and that there’s a huge cost associated with it. There isn’t, but the fact is many of them just don’t have the resources to devote to completing the process and that’s where we step in.
“Working in conjunction with Teesside University, we complete the assessment for them.”
He added that the accreditations were what businesses across all industries looked to.
“I’ve known businesses lose out on work because they don’t have it,” he said. “That’s how important it is.”
Teesside University’s Manufacturing Centre approached C&A Pumps about the possibility of forming a partnership after some of the businesses they support asked them what help was available to complete the application process.
Director of the university’s Manufacturing Centre, Dr Suhail Aslam, said: “After meeting Alan at a research and development event and finding out more about what his C & A Pumps does,
“I thought there was the potential to form a partnership which would support some of the businesses we work with who had expressed an interest in putting themselves forward to gain the ISO accreditations.
“We have since formalised a rolling agreement with Alan and his team which I think will prove to be incredibly fruitful.”
C&A Pumps & Engineering Ltd, based at Queens Meadow Business Park, provides electrical and mechanical installation services for commercial and industrial companies, as well as emergency electrical and mechanical maintenance services.
It has also launched a health and safety training consultancy.