"The Accredit UK Standard is a great way of helping us identify businesses that have strong risk management processes - a factor influencing the rating of professional indemnity premiums."
James Hastings, Professional Liability Underwriter, QBE Europe Operations
Many ICT Suppliers know that they offer an excellent service to their customers. They realise the importance of employing the best staff available. They understand that sound business processes bring increased capabilities. They have a track record of delivering the very highest levels of performance.
Yet how can such a Supplier show that to potential customers? How can they stand out from the crowd of less capable competitors who claim to be top Suppliers?
Accredit UK certification allows the holder to prove in an instant that they are among the best in the business. It is an instant beacon for ICT Purchasers that a holder has been rigorously tested and found to meet high standards in all areas.
"By doing the certification, Accredit UK have helped me understand some strengths and weaknesses in my business which will help me implement change."
Accredit UK is not just about proving yourself externally. It is centred upon helping ICT Suppliers to improve their business. Getting certified is not just about ticking a few boxes - the benefits of carrying out the requirements of the Standard reach far deeper.
These aspects in themselves should be reward enough for any Supplier, let alone the whole new world of opportunities brought about by being a certified business.
What better way is there to improve your own business than measuring yourself against the Accredit UK Standard, then using our helpful tools to get up to scratch?
The Accredit UK Standard has been designed to meet the needs of both small and large ICT Suppliers:
Small-to-Medium ICT Suppliers
According to Advantage West Midlands research, around 98.5% of ICT companies in the region are classed as SMEs – i.e. having fewer than 250 employees. This is clearly a significant market with enormous levels of skill and competency. However, it may seem to a small ICT business that contracts keep going to larger, better known companies.
"Accredit UK is designed to assist SMEs in using technology from reputable suppliers with confidence, and, therefore lead to improvements in their business..."
Clearly the reason for this is trust. Purchasers need to be able to trust whom they are buying from and may fear that if they employ a smaller business that they may end up with a Supplier who can not deliver what they promise. Naturally Suppliers can not get a well-known name until they have carried out some significant projects for reputable Purchasers.
The answer to this Catch 22 is Accredit UK. Holders of the standard can demonstrate that they employ appropriately-skilled people, that their business processes are of a high quality and that they have a track record of success and satisfaction.
Larger ICT Suppliers
For larger companies, standing out may not be an issue. Customers may have already heard of the business, but be put off because they believe that large equals expensive.
Many larger companies find themselves undercut by small, unqualified Suppliers. Accredit UK certification proves that a Supplier is among the best – something that Purchasers have asked to see. As a result, larger Suppliers can prove in an instant that they have better capabilities than their competitors.
When subcontracting work, Accredit UK also becomes invaluable. Large IT firms can use Accredit UK as a buying tool to ensure that the sub-contractors they employ meet their own high levels.
Purchasing with Accredit UK
Blame for failed projects is not always on the Suppliers’ side – often customers do not understand what they should be asking for or how to obtain it.
Accredit UK helps Suppliers prove that they are competent and helps them deliver better solutions into the future.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2008 )|