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How Russian Dolls Can Protect us from Cyber Crime

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Encryption. Everyone’s talking about it. In October, the European Commission proposed that member states should share encryption information to prevent the need for encryption ‘backdoors’. The RH Amber Rudd MP has asked that creators of messaging apps ‘do more to help the authorities access messages on end-to-end encrypted services.’ All this debate has honourable intentions […]




Employee reviews: a ten-point checklist

Thursday 12th October 2017

They are a bit like fruitcakes – traditionally turning up once a year, whether you like them or not. But employee reviews shouldn’t really be like this. And they needn’t be something that both employees and managers dread. So, how do we make employee reviews a little less fruitcake, and a lot more conversation? 1. […]




Reducing the cyber-crime landscape: Let the baddies show themselves up

Thursday 5th October 2017

This week, the news is full of Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP’s so-called ‘rant’ against tech firms. She’s demanded that ‘Silicon Valley had to do more to help the authorities access messages on end-to-end encrypted services like WhatsApp.’ Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP stated that she doesn’t want ‘back doors’ installed in encryption codes. And […]




ISO standards as a lingua franca

Friday 11th August 2017

Bring two people together who don’t speak the same language and they are mutually incomprehensible. Little, if anything, can be achieved. But give them a common tongue – a lingua franca – and they can understand each other, negotiate, share ideas, trade, improve and innovate. This is exactly what ISO Standards do. They’re a set […]




Plastic Technology Services Ltd: No fuss first-time certification and significant time saving

Thursday 27th July 2017

What they say “We wanted to have confidence in the technology we used to help us achieve certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for the first time. The isCompliant system and support were exactly what we needed.” How we helped Having been at the forefront of plastic recycling for over 30 years, PTS say […]




Feedback. It’s not just for Amazon.

Monday 3rd July 2017

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions”. Personally, we prefer a bacon butty, or perhaps a bowl of granola on a well-behaved day. But the guy who said it – a hugely successful author, speaker and businessman – makes a very good point. If you want to make it big in this life, you need feedback. […]




Tidying up the world, one business at a time

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Over the course of our lifetime, we’ll lose 3,680 hours – or 153 days – just searching for lost things. If that’s happening at work, that’s a big dent in your bottom line. When you’re grafting, there seems to be no time to tidy up the office or discard as you go. But what if hoarding […]




World Day for Safety and Health at Work: 28 April

Wednesday 26th April 2017

This is Richard Nelson ­– Richie to his work colleagues. It’s a grimy Thursday morning in Slough, and Richie’s about to carry out a risk assessment in the garden centre where he works. He shrugs on his coat and lifts a clipboard. Peering up at the drizzle, Richie doesn’t feel particularly crucial to the welfare […]




There’s no quality without risk: ISO 9001:2015

Wednesday 5th April 2017

In his bestselling book ‘Life Lessons from Space’ Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the exhaustive preparation that goes into each mission. This preparation doesn’t just take place in the sim, in the pool, or in the lab, but round a table too. At such meetings, NASA colleagues will often scribble on little bits of card […]




Choose life. Choose isCompliant.

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose running your own business Choose to-do lists, chaos, Missed deadlines, post-its and terrifying audits. Choose constant stress, broken sleep And customer complaints. Choose never seeing bathtimes. Choose firefighting. Choose your future. Choose life. We chose not to choose this life. We chose isCompliant. […]