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Our Standards

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 annnual fee.

SME Standards:Sustainability
SME Standards:Sustainability

Being more sustainable is something every organisation can work towards. Its about operating profitably while taking responsibility for decisions that impact on the environment and society.

 

Choose this Standard to improve and demonstrate your environmental and social responsibility.

SME Standards:Carbon Footprint
SME Standards:Carbon Footprint

Taking demonstrable action to reduce carbon offers a competitive advantage and with careful planning, reducing an organisation's carbon footprint can result in significant cost savings.

 

Choose this Standard to measure and reduce carbon emissions and show you are working towards net-zero carbon.

SME Standards:Environment
SME Standards:Environment

Managing environmental performance helps to reduce your organisation’s environmental impacts and to operate more efficiently. We also offer a free bespoke Legal Register Wizard so you can be confident that you know your obligations.

 

Choose this Standard to show effective management of your environmental responsibilities including legal compliance, setting improvement objectives and reducing the risk of pollution.

Why choose SME Certification Centre?

Recognition

Gain creditability for your best practice management with certification against a Standard

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/keep staff and build a great relationship with your community

Marketing & PR

Tell the world about what you’ve achieved with our marketing pack

How It Works

We provide a simple and inexpensive service for organisations that want to meet SME Standards.  Here's how it works:

1. Choose a Standard
1. Choose a Standard

Our SME Standards are based on ISO management systems principles, but written to be more relevant for SMEs. Find out more about each Standard and choose the one that best suits your needs.

2. Get unlimited support
2. Get unlimited support

When you've chosen a Standard, use our free easy to follow online guides, templates and examples to meet the requirements and prepare for assessment. Plus you can call on us whenever you need advice.

3. Achieve your Certificate
3. Achieve your Certificate

Our highly qualified team will carry out your assessment. All successful applicants receive a certificate, logo and marketing pack. Tell the word what you've achieved!

Testimonials

Noddfa Ltd

"Achieving SME Standards:Sustainability really sets us apart from other businesses and we're really proud to be telling our clients about it. Now we don't just work responsibly, we can prove it!"  G RIchards

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Welcome to SME Certification Centre

SME Certification Centre was set up in response to a demand in the market for a simpler and cheaper alternative to Standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

 

Our SME Standards have been designed specifically for SMEs and each one is relevant and straightforward to implement. Knowing how tight budgets are for small businesses, we keep the cost of certification low and include free support. There’s no need to buy in additional expensive consultancy.

 

Our friendly team of experts and Assessors are ready to help you achieve SME Standards.

FAQ

Most popular questions

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.
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 which 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.
We charge an annual assessment fee and offer free online tools, 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.
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 improvement is enough for your organisation, then ‘committed’ is a good option.
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.
There are no expensive consultancy fees for SME Standards - no costly day rates or 'hidden extras'. You pay an annual fee for assessment and we’ll also provide: • Online guidance, examples and templates to help you prepare for assessment • Support by phone and email whenever you need it • A certificate valid for 1 year • A marketing pack to help with promoting your achievement
‘Committed’ can be completed in an hour or 2 and verified by us within a couple of days. Certified is pretty straightforward and a small, simple organisation could work through our guidance and be ready for assessment in a few days. Once you’ve submitted an application, assessment is usually completed within 1-2 weeks.
We don’t think you will as we’ve provided lots of free online guidance and you don’t need any expertise to prepare for assessment. If you do need some help, we offer unlimited support by telephone or email, so just get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.

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