This book is written by a specialist construction subcontractor (OK, ex-subcontractor) for specialist construction subcontractors. Why, because he believes that in the brutal world of construction subcontracting, specialists, of any size and any sector, can benefit enormously from Quality Management and Quality Management Principles and indeed from securing ISO Certification (i.e. being independently assessed) to the International Standards that the industry increasingly demands, namely ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management).
Accreditation to these Standards can cut-through the current bane of subcontractor’s lives — filling in pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ’s). Not just filling them in either, ISO Certification greatly increases your chances of getting on that next tender list from a particular customer who doesn’t currently work with your business.
Certification normally allows you to sail through most of the PQQ’s and let’s face it, they are not going to go away. Ensuring the quality of the supply chain is becoming increasingly important for employers of specialist suppliers and subcontractors and there seems to be no choice other than for these businesses to get professional about assuring their potential customers. ISO Certification, however, is certainly Not Just a Tick in a Box on a PQQ.