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Why Little Britain can still be trusted

Friday 5th July 2019

The UK has had it pretty rough in the past couple of years. Coloured by the Brexit debacle, the tenure of Theresa May will not go down well in the annals of time. But, whatever happens with our place in Europe, there is one reason why we shouldn’t doubt the ‘Great’ in Great Britain. And […]




World Accreditation Day 2019 – what can it do for me?

Friday 7th June 2019

World Accreditation Day takes place on 9th June 2019, and will focus on how accreditation adds value to supply chains and procurement activities. Over the years, this annual diary date has become increasingly important – promoting the value of accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards. There’s a website fit to bust with information about accreditation, training and […]




Is there a magic formula for audit success?

Thursday 28th March 2019

isCompliant helps clients through the audit process all year round. By making your business more organised, and much more transparent, isCompliant guides organisations towards certification in the ISO Standards that are so crucial to their prosperity. As a result, we’re pretty clear on the ‘magic formula’ that makes for a successful audit. Want to know […]




What’s in a name? The difference between documents and records in ISO 9001

Tuesday 11th December 2018

If you’ve ever worked for a large corporate, it’s likely you’re familiar with those cheesy motivational posters of tanned, muscular people running up hillsides alongside an ‘inspirational’ quote. Chances are you’ve seen the one that goes like this: “The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Not the most original observation […]




Waste: out of sight cannot be out of mind.

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Waste. You bin it and forget it. Pat yourself on the back for recycling into your blue bin, brown bin, grey bin and food waste bin. Happy days. Once all your debris is sorted into those cheerful, colour-coordinated wheelies, and that big noisy lorry arrives, they’re someone else’s problem. Aren’t they? After all, you’ve done […]




Because Health & Safety is everyone’s business: ISO 45001

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

In March 2018, amidst the worst snowfalls the UK has yet seen, a keenly awaited new standard was published. ISO 45001:2018 is the world’s first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and replaces its British predecessor OHSAS 18001. Why the change? An international standard was needed, to address working conditions, workplace injury and […]




Tips for staying calm in an audit

Thursday 12th April 2018

You’re a small business working your socks off to achieve ISO certification. And there’s just one thing now standing between you and it: an external audit. Yikes. The word ‘audit’ strikes fear into the souls of even the most hardened business people. But does it have to be that way? We think not. So, in […]




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. […]




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 […]




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 […]