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Tuesday, 27th November 2012: Dublin’s Simon Community was one of 48 private and public sector organisations receiving awards today from the Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D.  The Simon Community joined the likes of the international telecommunications company Vodafone and the state’s Forensic Science Laboratory in achieving certified levels of excellence under a range of headings.  These included Environmental Management, Quality Management, Excellence Through People, and standards for Customer Contact Centres.  The Minister joined the CEO of the National Standards Authority of Ireland to present the awards and to recognise the importance of standards in today’s competitive climate.

“Standards are vital in the current economic climate, particularly for SMEs,” the Minister said.  “Implementing standards in business can help to focus the resources spent on research and development, and to effectively allocate resources in the toughest of times and improve their ability to innovate.”

Among the companies present at the event were Electric Ireland who received certification for Environmental Management and for Health & Safety, the Dublin Simon Community who received ‘Excellence Through People’ certification, and global telecommunications giant Vodafone, which received the new Customer Contact Centre standard (I.S. EN 15838).

Speaking at the presentations, Maurice Buckley, CEO NSAI highlighted the real business value of achieving certified standards:  “There is a return on investment from implementing standards. The companies present today confirm that; they are leading companies from various industries and sectors including public, private and the charities sector, and they would not be spending time and resources on achieving these standards unless they knew they had a real benefit.  We are seeing a growing trend of European and international customers who expect such certified standards as entry level for doing business with them.”

The standards awarded were:

  • ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems;,
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems;
  • OHSAS 18001- Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems;
  • ETP 1000 - Excellence Through People;
  • I.S. EN 15838 - Customer Contact centre standard.

Full listing of the companies certified by NSAI as part of this event :

  1. Ability West
  2. Achilles Procurement Services Ltd
  3. Arup
  4. Bord Gais Networks
  5. Clark Executive Ltd 
  6. Coffey Group
  7. Coldcut Logistics Ltd
  8. County Kildare Local Employment Service
  9. CWS Communications Ltd
  10. Derrycourt Company Ltd
  11. Dublin Simon Community
  12. Electric Ireland
  13. Elmore Group
  14. Endoval Limited
  15. ESB Networks
  16. Evolusion Innovation 
  17. FCmTravel Solutions
  18. Fónua Ltd
  19. Forensic Science Laboratory 
  20. Hickey Metering
  21. Homan O'Brien Associates
  22. J Vaughan Electrical Engineering Contractors
  23. Limerick County Fire & Rescue Service
  24. Mason Hayes & Curran
  25. McCreery Contract Cleaning
  26. McGraths Limestone Works Ltd
  27. MRSE Ltd
  28. North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service
  29. Petro Systems Management
  30. PQE Technology Limited
  31. RILTA Environmental Ltd
  32. Rivval Limited
  33. Trim Engineering Ltd
  34. VIP Taxis
  35. Vodafone
  36. Webprint Concepts Limited
  37. Mirabo Systems
  38. Marine Institute
  39. Printrun Ltd
  40. Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland
  41. Reitech Limited
  42. Automsoft
  43. Colas Group
  44. Mooney Boats
  45. Optima
  46. Showglade Limited
  47. Stanley Macadam Road Surfacing Ltd
  48. Tighe Engineering
  49. Xtratherm - Mark Magennis [NSAI Agrément Thermal Modeller Scheme]

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