On the heels of the pandemic, where many industries were hit with crippling closures, resource issues and the increased costs of trying to keep their workforce safe, they are now faced with huge rises in energy costs, labour costs, materials costs and the uncertainties and devastation of a war within Europe. Energy costs across all energy types are seeing significant and ongoing increases. In the UK, energy firms have been able to increase bills by 54% following the introduction of the new cap on 1 April. The price cap is reviewed every six months, and prices are expected to rise yet again in October!
In addition, new legislation on rebated diesel (known as red diesel) which came into force on the 1st of April, means it is no longer available for non-road mobile machinery such as diggers and cranes. Under the changes, other equipment such as generators will also be banned from using it. Instead, these machines will have to be filled with fully priced, duty paid diesel. This has a significant impact on construction companies and those using generators to power their business premises.
With general fuel prices at an all time high, this has a knock-on effect for all materials and labour used by companies and it is hindering profit margins which were steadily improving following the travel restrictions being lifted! Because of this there is a growing need for organisations to really consider their bottom lines costs and this is where ISO certification can help.
ISO certification systems should drive the efficiencies within your business; minimising customer complaints, re-works, refunds etc, while at the same time improving core processes to deliver a quality product or service with the least waste possible. Improving operations can improve revenue. If you can clearly define, document and monitor your business processes, you can identify areas which can be improved, which gives you a more productive business.
In particular, ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management Systems, provides the framework for organisations to decrease costs in a number of ways from minimising waste streams, to choosing more renewable sources of energy and fuel. Best practice in purchasing underlines the importance of reviewing supply chain pricing at least every three years – there are cost savings to be gained!
ISO certification should be perceived as an investment that once planned, implemented and maintained correctly, can reap many benefits for the company in terms of productivity, streamlining and improving your bottom line.
Prices held for three years
If your business is already ISO certified, and in many industries it is a specific requirement, Auva Certification can help you look to decreasing the costs of it. We have found that our competitive rates are sometimes up to 50% less than that of some of the bigger CB’s. We certainly understand the pressures faced by our clients and as such we commit to holding our prices for a minimum of three years for clients. We know we are extremely competitive within our industry, but also know we deliver some of the best customer service and auditing experiences out there.
If you have any questions about gaining ISO certification, or would like to transfer to Auva, please get in touch!