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Year: 2018

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5 Tips to get the most out of a Management Review

Monday, November 26th, 2018

A Management Review is a formal, structured meeting which involves top management and takes place at regular intervals throughout the year. They are a critical and required part of running an ISO certified Management System. Find out how you can run an effective Management Review with these 5 tips.

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Phase 2 of Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme imminent

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The second phase of ESOS is due to begin shortly and businesses who meet the qualification criteria will need to notify the Environmental Agency that they comply by the end of 2019. Find out if the scheme affects your business.

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5 Tips to get the most out of a Supplier Audit

Friday, October 26th, 2018

If you decide to carry out a Supplier Audit on the companies you work with, here are some practical tips to help you prepare, ensuring that you get the most out of the process.

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How to identify risks and keep trading following a service disruption

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Find out what kind of risks can affect a business and what steps can you put in place to recover from these service disruptions - helping to maintain continuity in your service offering.

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5 Tips to get the most out of an Internal Audit

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Internal Audits are scheduled periodic checks performed by businesses to ensure that their procedures are being followed as documented and are fit for purpose. Find out how they help your business to examine the operation and success of your Management System.

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How ISO Certification helps with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

The United Nation's (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to address what they consider to be the most important issues in the world act as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for everyone. Read more to find out how ISO Standards can help meet these goals.

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Information Security – Compliance and Certification

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Information security isn’t a brand-new subject, but rapid advances in technology over recent years have made it much more challenging for organisations to protect personal data. Find out how you can protect your business.

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ISO 20000-1:2018 Published

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

ISO 20000-1, the Standard for IT Service Management, has been updated. The Standard has been revised with new features and updated guidance, allowing businesses to improve their IT service provision and ensure that their processes is in line with modern techniques and expectations.

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Transition Window for ISO 9001 : 2008 and ISO 14001 : 2004 has Closed

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Companies who are certified to ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 14001:2004 will have to decide if they will transition/upgrade to the new standard, or continue with their current certification.

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ISO 50001:2018 Published

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

The 2018 version of ISO 50001 Energy Management has been released today (August 21st). This revision sees the Standard updated to include new processes and guidance which will allow businesses to use energy more efficiently and effectively. The framework is especially important for businesses concerned with reducing their environmental impact.

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QMS partners with Your Tender Team

Friday, August 17th, 2018

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Your Tender Team, whose offering fits in perfectly alongside our own services. Together we are able to provide our customers who are looking to go to tender the ISO Certifications they need to meet the tender's requirements, and the advice they need to get a successful bid.

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5 Ways to Improve the Consistency of your Organisation’s Operations

Monday, August 6th, 2018

It may seem an obvious thing to say but the more consistent your organisation’s day-to-day operations are, then the easier it will be to maximise efficiency and productivity. Here are a few ways that consistency can be improved in any organisation.

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5 Tips for businesses looking to Tender

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Tenders can be an important source of new business for your organisation. But how do you make sure you stand out from the competition and win those contracts?

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ISO 22000 Update – how will Certified Businesses be Impacted?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

In June we saw the release of the latest version of the food safety management Standard, ISO 22000. Find out how this change affects businesses currently using an ISO 22000:2005 Management System.

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5 Tips to get the most out of an External Audit

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

External Audits ensure that your processes, systems and Manual are still appropriate and, more importantly, beneficial to your business. Find out how you can get the most out of yours with these five tips.

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What is the role of a Data Protection Officer?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

The subject of data protection has come into the limelight recently, especially following an increase in the number of data breaches being reported and the enforcement date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) passing.

With this extra focus on data protection, many organisations are left asking questions about their responsibilities toward it, especially over topics such as if they need to assign a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

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ISO 22000:2018 Published

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

The latest version of ISO 22000 Food Safety Management has been published, coming with big changes to the way risk is considered and to the structure of the Standard itself.

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Helping the “White Van Man” go Green

Friday, June 15th, 2018

In May, the government announced a two month consultation to incentivise van owners to buy newer, lower emission models by reducing their Vehicle Excise Duty both in the first year of ownership and thereafter.

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GDPR – Understanding your rights

Monday, June 4th, 2018

In today's digital world, almost every interaction you have with an organisation will involve the sharing of your personal data. Find out what rights you have when it comes to your personal data.

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Does ISO 27001 provide GDPR Compliance?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Implementing the ISO 27001 Management System does not necessarily mean that you have fulfilled your responsibilities as a business handling personal data in accordance with the GDPR, but it does mean you're well on your way.

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GDPR is now in effect

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Today sees the long awaited enforcement date for the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) which sees a huge change for the way businesses store and use personal data.

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Internet phone company achieves multiple ISO Certifications

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Connexin Limited, a business based in Hull that offers smart city solutions, as well as data centre services and internet/telephony services, recently achieved certification to three international Standards: ISO 9001 : 2015 (Quality), ISO 14001 : 2015 (Environmental) and OHSAS 18001 : 2007 (Occupational Health and Safety).

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Cyber Threats and Attacks Remain High

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

A revealing report from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) last month revealed that the number of cyber incidents encountered by UK businesses has not slowed, despite concerted efforts by bodies such as the NCSC to protect them from cyber threats.

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ISO 31000 Update – how will Certified Businesses be Impacted?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Earlier this year, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) updated the Standard for risk management – ISO 31000 – to make it easier and clearer to use. Find out how this change affects businesses currently using an ISO 31000:2009 Management System.

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ISO 19011, guidelines for auditing management systems, under revision

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

ISO 19011: 2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems, is under revision - expected publication is July 2018.

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How your management system can help to engage employees

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A Management System is introduced to a business and requires regular input, from all areas, to be truly effective. Therefore, getting employees to engage with the Management System is vital. Find out how with these 10 tips.

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Public events are being targeted by cyber criminals

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Social and sporting events are coming under attack by cyber criminals. Due to the amount of people taking part, the attention garnered by such attacks can be immense. And for those whose cyber crimes are more organised and with purpose, social events are perfect vectors to get out their message - especially if the event is heavily publicised.

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Can an ISO really be the secret to business success?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A newly published standard, ISO 9004 : 2018, claims exactly that, by divulging the secrets and strategies used by some of the most successful businesses today.

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How ISO 45001 will affect OHSAS 18001 Certified Businesses

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

With the introduction of ISO 45001:2018, businesses certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to decide when they should upgrade to the new standard.

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Tesco ordered to pay £125,000 for Health & Safety Breach

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Tesco have been fined £116,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £10,000 following an incident where an employee at their Highwoods store was injured.

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ISO 45001:2018 Published

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The new ISO 45001:2018 Standard was officially published on March 12th, marking a turn in how industry will handle the safety of their employees.

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QMS awarded “One to Watch” in Best Companies survey

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Following the completion of an Employee Engagement Survey through Best Companies, QMS has made it onto the Best Companies Ones to Watch list.

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ISO 45001 finally approved for publication

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The FDIS ballot achieved 62 votes of approval, 4 votes of disapproval and 9 abstentions, so ISO 45001 is now approved for publication as an International Standard. A migration plan is being drawn up for businesses certified to OHSAS 18001 and a 3 year transition window will be put in place.

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Getting the customer experience right

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

A positive customer experience is a vital part of any successful organisation. Find out how you can get it right with these tips.

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Turning risk into opportunities

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Risk is often viewed in a negative light, turn it into a positive one through an effective risk management process.

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ISO 31000:2018 Published

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The latest version of the ISO 31000 Standard was officially published on February 15th. The 2018 version sees an update to the structure of the Standard as well as a clearer, more concise guide to managing risk within business.

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QMS win “Gold Trusted Service” for second year

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

For the second year in a row, QMS has earned the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award for providing a high quality service to customers.

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Going green: improving your organisation’s environmental credentials

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Ten tips to becoming a greener, more environmentally friendly business.

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Local Authorities face GDPR challenges

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Due to become law in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going to affect all UK businesses and organisations regardless of size. The changes will present challenges to local authorities, especially for smaller towns and parish councils who have limited budgets.

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