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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Business comes out of Recession

Readers of this blog will know that I started to learn to fly gliders last year and all went well until the foul weather hit.  Some of my colleagues at the Gliding Club said that I was a fair weather member, and I can't argue with that.  I fail to see what enjoyment can be had from being cold wet and covered in mud.

As I am writing this the sun is shining and the temperature is warmer than of late, my mind turns to the sheer joy of gliding.  All I need is the time to enjoy it.  I used to allow a day a week to get to the club but increasingly the emergence from recession has created far more work than I anticipated.

I am reluctant to turn work away so my diary is filling rapidly. 

More and more contracts are placing Quality Management at the heart of any requirements and any bidder not holding a certification to ISO9001 is simply not getting through to the final stages. Often I am contacted by organisations wanting to put a quality management system into place and stating that they must have it  in three weeks, three months or some other impossibly short time scale.

It normally takes 6-8 months to get a system into place and have it ready to assess.  After all any assessment body will want to see that a company is working to the system  and not just planning to work to it.

If it was just a matter of producing a quality manual and saying that it will be implemented, the ISO9001 standard would be valueless.  Fortunately the organisations wanting a good quality system also want the advantages that this brings in terms of efficiency and best practice.

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