Smart ECO Hub Members get ISO 9001/50001 Implementation overview.

On the 6th of September 2013, The Smart ECO Hub hosted an overview of the requirements and benefits of achieving accreditation to the ISO standards 9001 and 50001.

The ISO9001 Quality Management System standard is increasingly becoming a necessity for many businesses if they wish to supply goods or services to various government organisations as well as other businesses. ISO50001 which relates to Energy Management Systems will also become increasingly sought after as organisations are required to validate their carbon reduction initiatives. During the event Certification Europe Ireland, a leading consultancy in ISO standards provided an outline of the scope and typical implementation steps involved. Attendees who came from various locations across the North East ranging from Belfast to Dublin then heard real life implementation accounts from two cluster members, Bord Na Mona and Open Hydro. They shared their experience of implementing the Quality Management and Energy Management schemes with local businesses stretching as far as Dublin. The event was held at MJM Interior Build in Newry which is a prime location for businesses active within the Renewable Energy arena. The purpose of the event was to inform and encourage more businesses to consider ISO9001 or 50001 in order to access global supply chain opportunities. The Smart ECO Hub is a cluster of Sustainable Energy related companies operating along the M1 Economic Corridor. The aim of the cluster is to stimulate product development and commercialisation. This project is part financed by the European ’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The project is managed by Louth Local Authorities.
Speaking at the event, Michael Lochrin Technical Director at Open Hydro emphasised the importance of incorporating a Quality Management scheme within your business: “Number one our customers expect us to have ISO 9001 and it is integral to the development and profile of Open Hydro. The accreditation has driven internal improvements which help us to avoid costly mistakes, and also helps us quantify and control our risks. I would strongly advise local businesses to review and consider this accreditation; although the process takes time, the outcome is more access to tenders which results in financial gain.”
Speaking after the event, Manager of the Smart ECO Hub, David McDonnell commented “The experience of these two member companies highlights the necessity of adopting appropriate standards in order to be able to compete effectively in their marketplaces. It is also significant that the implementation process caused them to re-examine existing internal processes and to be more innovative in their approach to managing their business. This event was just one of a number of informative events we have scheduled over the coming months for our member companies. Our full events schedule is available on our website:”.
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