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    Falling at the last hurdle in any exercise is hard. You’ve invested time and money on the bid process only to find out you failed due to lack of a specific accreditation. All your competitors have it – even though they may not be as experienced or good value as you. They go through, and you don’t.  That’s a bitter pill to swallow.

    Accreditations vary from industry to industry – as does the requirement to have them, such as BSIS (British Schools Inspection Scheme).  Then there are those that encompass many industries, such as CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Scheme).

    Do you really need optional accreditations?

    Although there are some accreditations that are integral to different companies, for example a food hygiene accreditation for a catering business, there are some optional ones that are not as essential as others. Although all accreditations show important things about a company – your organisation might want to bear other ideas in mind too. For example; quality, business continuity, IT security, the reputation of the business, and your current commitment to your staff through the Investors in People accreditation.

    What do accreditations actually do?

    There are many benefits in having accreditations for your company. One is that it presents to other businesses that your company/organisation has met the standards of the accrediting body – which sometimes can be extremely strict demonstrating a commitment to best practice within your industry. For example; a company that specialises in the provision of medical apparatus may want to be accredited to stand out from others in their industry and secure larger contracts within the NHS.

    If you need some help with your accreditations, our sister company KCS Compliance can help you. From assisting you in attaining the accreditations to managing existing renewals, we’ll make sure you don’t lose out on a bid due to missing that vital certificate!

    Please contact us on 01908 380401.