The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is an organisation that specialises in vocational qualifications across a range of different sectors. Currently, their qualifications are delivered via over 2,000 approved centres across the globe, with more centres opening every month.

We recently worked with VTCT to help them achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification. They approached us because they wanted an improved quality management system to ensure their day-to-day operations would run smoothly.

After a 3-day audit. we can announce that VTCT have been awarded their ISO 9001:2015 certification with zero non-conformances raised. Here's what they had to say afterwards:

"We're proud to have achieved ISO 9001 certification with the help of NPT Management Systems. Neil gave us the confidence and assurance to implement our quality management system to the highest standard, as well as making the experience, overall, a positive one.

"His wealth of knowledge and ability to decipher the ISO standard helped us deliver a pragmatic and workable system that all of our employees understand. Neil's support to overcome challenges was critical to the success of our certification.

"Our centres and learners are at the heart of what we do, and this certification will help us continue to deliver a world-class service to them.

"We'd like to thank Neil for all his help during the audit, and for the many months beforehand. His personable style and support were invaluable to us."

If you’re ready to see what benefits the ISO 9001:2015 qualification can provide for your business, please contact NPT Management Systems today!

As of 15 September 2018, ISO 9001:2008 certificates will no longer be valid. That deadline is now just a few short months away, and many companies are therefore rushing to get certified under ISO 9001:2015, the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems.

One company that won't need to rush is Cobra Hydro UK, a British business specialising in odour control systems and sludge dosing applications.

Cobra Hydro UK

Image from www.cobrahydrouk.co.uk

The Cobra Hydro team approached NPT Management Systems earlier this year and asked us to help them transition to ISO 9001:2015. We're pleased to announce that the transition was successful, and that Cobra Hydro are now completely up to date with their certification.

Here's what Cobra Hydro UK's Quality Manager Lisa Reeves had to say about the transition:

"We contacted NPT Management Systems due to their good reviews on Google and their location, which is close to our offices. We have held ISO certification since 2001, but we found transitioning to the new standard quite daunting.

"Neil was able to put a system in place that was user-friendly and suitable for the business. Neil has always made himself available on the phone, via email and in person.

"We have successfully been recommended for ISO 9001:2015, which - a few months ago - we weren't sure was possible. We will continue to work with NPT to establish our current system and work towards ISO 14001 and ISO 45001."

- Lisa Reeves, Quality Manager

In addition to helping Cobra Hydro UK with the ISO 9001:2015 transition process, we also helped the company to save money by identifying a more cost-effective choice of certification body and assisting them with the switch.

Contact NPT Management Systems today and ask us how we can help with your ISO certification needs.

Based in Fareham, Hampshire, McWilliam Technology Ltd is a family-run business specialising in windsocks and windsock masts. They supply products to airfields, gas/oil rigs and various other sites all over the UK; McWilliam windsocks are used at most of the country's largest airports (including Heathrow and Gatwick) and they've also been sold to customers in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the Middle East.

McWilliam Windsocks

Image source: www.windsocks.co.uk

With clients in so many different locations, McWilliam's directors were keen to make absolutely sure that they were delivering the same high level of quality across all of their work. That's why they contacted NPT Management Systems and asked us to assist them in the planning and implementation of a tailored quality management system (QMS) for their business.

After helping McWilliam Technology Ltd with their QMS, we helped them to apply for ISO 9001 certification. And we are pleased to announce that they were successful: McWilliam now hold ISO 9001:2015 certification, which should give their clients extra peace of mind and stand the company in good stead when it comes to attracting new business.

"We contacted NPT having previously had ISO 9001 accreditation, but we wanted to bring it up to the 2015 version standard. What we found was a lot more than a certificate.

"Instead, NPT developed a fresh QMS that was specific to us, highly practical and user-friendly. Even the sceptical among us here use all aspects of it every day. I have regular suggestions from staff as to how we can develop it, which is a primary goal with ISO 9001.

"The ISO 9001:2015 certification became a by-product of improving our business. We have all bought into the QMS and how it makes our business better for us and for our clients, and this is entirely down to NPT's approach."

- Tom McWilliam, Company Director

If you need help achieving ISO 9001 certification for your business, please contact NPT Management Systems today to speak with one of our experienced quality consultants.

Imperial Cars

Imperial Cars are on of the UK's largest used car retailers. They offer a huge range of vehicles, and they're very well-respected within their industry; just a few months ago, they were named Used Car Supermarket of the Year at the 2017 Used Car Awards.

Imperial Cars first achieved ISO 9001 certification in January 2016. We worked closely with the Imperial Cars team to make sure they were prepared for their intensive 4-day audit, and we were of course very pleased when they were certified by a UKAS-accredited certification body.

NPT Management Systems have continued to support Imperial Cars in a consultancy capacity over the last couple of years, and we recently helped them to transition to ISO 9001:2015, the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems. Once again, this process went smoothly and successfully - here's what the Imperial Cars team had to say about the service we provided during the transition:

"Neil Peattie and his team supported us every step of the way as we worked towards achieving the ISO 9001 accreditation. Since attaining the standard, we have engaged Neil as a consultant to help us continually improve our business and ensure that we are working to the latest requirements of the standard.

"Without Neil's help and support over the past three years, we would not have been able to achieve what we have in relation to our quality management system, which has had a very positive impact on our product quality, customer experience and staff, and therefore would have no hesitation in recommending him and his team."

- Neil Smith, Operations Director

Whether you're looking to get certified or transition to the latest version of ISO 9001, NPT Management Systems can help. Contact us now to discuss your requirements.

Baltic Safety Products UK Ltd


We have recently been working with lifejacket manufacturers Baltic Safety Products UK Ltd, who requested our assistance in transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 (the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard).

Baltic Safety Products already had a quality management system (QMS) in place, but we were asked to help the company upgrade their QMS and bring it in line with ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

We are very pleased to announce that Baltic have now successfully achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification via a UKAS-accredited body. This is a testament to the company's dedication and their commitment to delivering the highest possible quality in everything they do.

Why did Baltic choose NPT Management Systems?

The Baltic team enlisted the help of NPT Management Systems because:

We'd like to congratulate the Baltic Safety Products team once again on their success - we're certain that their customers will benefit hugely from the streamlined, ISO-compliant quality management processes that they now have in place.

If you need to achieve ISO 9001 certification or transition to the latest version of the standard, please contact NPT Management Systems to discuss your requirements.