Whenever the subjects of compliance and accreditation are brought up, many of us focus on making sure everything is okay without any thoughts of the potential benefits.
We think about the mandatory things we need to do to ensure our products and services are legally safe, that they adhere to the standards set out for them and that our teams are working in a safe, compliant environment.
We invest a lot of time and resources into making sure those boxes are ticked, we have to after all! However, there is also a whole range of other accreditation and certification that isn’t mandatory.
You and your business have already put in the hard work to get the compliance you need, is it really worth your time to bother with anything else?
Yes, it really is. In fact, it can pay off in all kinds of ways…
Gaining an edge
You don’t need me to tell you, any competitive advantage in business is worth grabbing with both arms. Taking compliance and accreditation to the next level is a powerful way to do that…
- Boost your reputation and allow you to gain a competitive edge over others in your industry
- Win you more business and empower you to bid for lucrative contracts with external agencies
- Improve the inner ethos of your organisation, maximising staff morale, productivity and giving your teams a real sense of pride
- Win trust and confidence in your business, which can be essential in some sectors such as social care or the financial sector
- Drive growth for small to medium-sized businesses
- Accreditation can highlight legal compliance, green credentials and an ethos of sustainability
Investing in your business and its people
The range of accreditation out there for your business can be considerable, it ranges from ISO standards like ISO 27001 (managing information), ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety) and ISO 9001 (quality management) to industry-specific accreditation that will allow you to bid for contracts with government agencies, schools and the NHS. For charitable organisations, accreditations such as NCVO can demonstrate their trustworthiness and win the confidence of potential donors.
On an individual level, accreditation can also have a positive impact; mental health champions, data protection and safeguarding to name just a few, are all incredibly valuable accredited courses for key employees, they might also go some way towards gaining Investors in People accreditation, an award which any forward thinking company should be proud of.
A sign of quality that is easy to share
Showcasing your accreditation is an easy and effective way to show your qualities to the world, and prove that you stand head and shoulders above your competitors. You can add them to your website’s homepage as logo’s, share them via your social media channels, blog about the important part they play in your company’s story, send out newsletters and even contact the local paper!
You’ve gone the extra mile after all, why on earth wouldn’t you want to shout about it from the rooftops with pride and passion?
If you are working towards gaining accreditation to drive growth and demonstrate your quality, collating the right materials and information, then presenting it in the right format is important. Failing to do so can cost you time, money and more than a little frustration…
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