We offer bespoke Standards for SMEs and the tools to help you achieve them. 

With our help, you can easily and simply...

  • Commit to improving your business 
  • Make it happen 
  • Get recognition for your achievements 

Forget expensive consultancy fees and onerous requirements - get everything you need for one low annual fee.

Start by joining us for free, to access member content and resources.  We just ask for basic details so it only takes a minute to get started.

Designed for SMEs

Standards-based on ISO management systems principles, but written to be more relevant for SMEs.

Standards

Unlimited Support

Easy to follow online Toolkits with templates, guidance and ideas and you can call on us whenever you need advice.

How it Works

Certification

Our highly qualified team will carry out your assessment and certification within a week of application.

Certification

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Find out how we can help you in our short video.

Why choose SME Certification Centre?

  • Recognition
    Get certified for your standard and creditability for your best practice management
  • Competitive Edge
    Rise above your competitors in tenders and grants
  • Compliance
    Gain confidence in knowing your legal obligations.
  • Cut Costs
    Identify cost saving opportunities and choose no/low cost improvements
  • Reputation
    Retain happy customers, attract and keep staff. Build a great relationship with your community
  • Marketing & PR
    Tell the world about what you’ve achieved with our marketing pack

FAQ


Most popular questions

Are the Standards suitable for any size organisation?

Which level should I go for - 'Committed' or Certified' ?

What do I have to do – recycle more? save energy?

How much does certification cost?

How long does certification take?

Who does the assessment for certification?

What if I need help?

Yes! We just provide a framework to work to and its completely flexible. It doesn’t matter if your organisation is just you working from home or you have 100’s of staff. You'll work through the same process but your planned actions will be bespoke and its up to you to decide what is suitable for your organisation.

If you want to show your customers that you have a certified management system in place and increase other benefits such as improved efficiency and cost savings, then ‘certified’ will be right for you. If you aren’t quite ready to develop a fully certified management system, or feel a simple commitment to making improvements is enough for your organisation, then ‘committed’ is a good option

That’s not quite how management system Standards work. The Standards provide a framework for making plans and monitoring progress. Its up to you to decide what issues are most relevant to your organisation and take action on these. You might decide you want to recycle more if you generate a lot of waste, or maybe reducing fuel use is more important. That’s up to you.

Its free to join and access member resources. To achieve a certificate we charge a subscription fee which includes a Toolkit, assessment of your application, unlimited telephone/email support and a marketing pack. For ‘Committed’ the fee is £95. For ‘Certified’, how much you pay is linked to how many staff the organisation has. We offer a reduced rate for third sector organisations such as registered charities. There’s more information on the Fees page.

This mainly depends on how long you spend working through the Toolkit. Committed can be completed in under an hour and verified by us within a couple of days. Certified is pretty straightforward and a small, simple organisation could complete it in a couple of days. That doesn’t have to be all done at once – you can save your progress and return at any time. Once you’ve completed the Toolkit and submitted your application for assessment, you can be certified within 1 week.

SME Certification Centre is the inspection body for the SME Standards. We employ a network of management systems professionals as Assessors who are suitably qualified and experienced in a variety of business sectors. We have a strict set of criteria for Assessors. If you are interested in becoming an Assessor, please contact us for more information.

We don’t think you will as we’ve kept the Toolkits as user-friendly as possible and you don’t need any expertise to complete them. If you do need some guidance, we offer unlimited support by telephone or email, so just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.