Two of the team have had a weekend away, sailing on a friend's yacht. It's made me realise that we need to plan our Directors Away Day for December, but something more mundane is in order than a sailing trip I suspect. Need to find a nice venue for a bit of strategic planning and a good lunch
On a cold autumn day there is something very rewarding about putting the slow cooker on and filling it with braising steak, garlic, onions, carrots and a bottle of local beer! Here's to tomorrow night's supper guys!
I've been reflecting on the many and varied things I have seen over the last few months during the course of my work. I've had some glorious views as I travel around our wonderful countryside - particular memories are of the morning light over Whitby, and seeing the sunrise over the Wolds en route to Bridlington. I've seen all manner of steel structures, amazing forge work and stained glass. I've driven over the Southern Uplands to view an Anaerobic Digestion Plant in the middle of nowhere that's going to convert silage to electricity. In all of this I've met so many absolutely lovely and genuine people. Last week takes the biscuit though, 3 days in a place that makes pots and pipes and then a day at a plant where they are developing a prototype machine for disposing of fallen stock. There's never a dull moment!
Here's a great article on ESOS compliance published by International Workplace.
'According to a study by Savills Energy, only 1% of firms obliged to carry out an assessment of the energy consumption of their buildings, processes and transport as part of ESOS – the flagship Government assessment programme – have actually done so.
Research has revealed that just 152 of 15,000 eligible organisations have notified the Environment Agency that they are compliant with the ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) Regulations with only three months until the deadline for compliance.
Stuart Campbell, Director at Savills Energy, said:
“Businesses which fail to comply with ESOS could be fined up to £50,000, plus an additional £500 a day, every day [that] the audit remains outstanding. Rather than seeing the process as a bureaucratic hurdle to jump over and forget, proactive businesses will identify the energy efficiency improvements the audit sets out as a very efficient way of discovering business-wide cost savings.”
However, there is still time for businesses to comply, and we expect to see the numbers of businesses requesting support to increase in the next few weeks.
We’re continuing to receive enquiries from organisations who are unsure whether they come within the scheme, and wanting to know more. If they are required to participate then this will involve work on their behalf to collate baseline energy data, together with implementation of energy efficiency audits which must be ‘signed off’ by a lead ESOS energy assessor. This will take time, and lead assessors are busy, so we’re urging businesses not to leave it too late, and risk a logjam of requests at the last minute.
International Workplace will shortly be producing a briefing note to what to do if you are covered by the Scheme. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please click here.'
We've done it! First client has been through 9001:2015 audit today and passed with flying colours. Watch out for more posts on this but at the moment I just want to shout from the rooftops 'we did it'!
First every 9001:2015 audit today - and I'm the Quality Manager being audited, not the auditor! Feel SO nervous, in my heart of hearts I know we are as ready as we can be but it's still a nerve wracking day!
Absolutely loving my new office, built for us by OECO. Highly recommend them - a very professional job delivered incredibly quickly and finished to the highest standard. Thank you!
So it's Monday morning and a big week lies ahead. This week one of my key clients will seek certification to ISO9001:2015 and it's a big challenge for them and me! As an Auditor myself people often assume that an audit presents no challenge to me and that I don't worry about them - well that couldn't be further from the truth and I have butterflies in my tummy already and the audit isn't until Wednesday. But then I put my rational head on and think about how well prepared we are, how much we've done to get to this stage and I know that we are as well prepared as we possibly can be, we've got tomorrow as a final check day, and all we can do is 'get on with it' and see whether our interpretation of the requirements of ISO9001:2015 is the same as the auditor's and discuss our differences to come to an understanding we both accept. And today? Well today I'm off to deliver a 3rd party audit - thankfully against ISO9001:2008.
Clause 4 of the new version of ISO9001 brings us the need to consider organisational context. When I've discussed this with clients (either consultancy or audit) I've seen some very blank looks but once we start talking about what the term means it's usually relatively easy to capture the essence of the business and its context. I use an example of our own business, sharing 'what we do', 'who we do it for', what our 'ethics and standards' are etc. So we pride ourselves on
provision of consultancy support, including training, system development and audit for management systems for SME's in the Midlands, North of England and Scottish Borders, making systems simple and easy to operate and generating business improvement for the end users
Quite a mouthful and much better presented as a mind map! Have you thought about your organisational context yet? Why not give it a go?
thoughts on current business issues