Companies boosted by awards from Small Business Minister John Perry
WEXFORD companies Irish Sea Contractors, Nutricia Infant Nutrition Ltd and Provac Ltd were among 40 private and public sector organisations to receive awards from the Minister of State for Small Business John Perry.
The leading Wexford organisations joined the likes of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Electric Ireland, National Learning Network and Danone Baby Nutrition in achieving world class levels of excellence under a range of headings including Environmental Management, Quality Management, Excellence Through People and Food Safety Systems, which is the most recent addition to NSAI's impressive certification schemes. This standard will assist in offering Irish food and drink manufacturers.
The Minister joined Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) to present the awards, and to recognise the importance of standards in the current economy. 'Standards affect every aspect of our day-to-day lives and are vital in the current economic climate. Implementing them in business enables companies to improve their efficiency and competitiveness, minimise waste and reduce costs,' said Minister Perry.
Irish Sea Contractors Ltd was certified to Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001).
Nutricia Infant Nutrition Ltd was certified to Excellence Through People (ETP) and Provac Ltd was certified to Quality management systems (ISO 9001).
Speaking at the presentations, Maurice Buckley, NSAI Chief Executive highlighted the real business value of adopting standards:
'The decision to embrace and implement standards is a brave and commendable one, particularly for SMEs in a time when resources are tight. However, the commitment made by SMEs to standards has the potential to contribute to the wider economy.
'The companies present today are leading companies from various industries and sectors, and they would not be spending time and resources on achieving these standards unless they knew they had real value in the market.
'We are seeing a growing trend of European and international customers who expect such certified standards as entry level for doing business with them.'