We can’t quite believe it but we’re here with our June update – the month has flown by! The weather ranged from glorious sunshine to torrential rain and back again, several times, and once again we’ve had a busy and exciting month.
Something we all enjoyed was being able to meet in person as a team for the first time since March 2020. It was great to see everyone properly, not least because Adelaide is heading off on maternity leave on July 8th, so plenty to celebrate as we enjoyed lunch at the Metropolitan in Didsbury.
During the time that Adelaide is off, Brandon Nolan will be stepping in to cover some of her role. Brandon has been working part-time in the background for Mark 1 for a little over three years and but was furloughed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. He will now be taking over some office administration and touching on the marketing side of things, as well as being about to start his third year at UCFB (a specialist football, sport and events university) in Manchester in September, studying Coaching & Management.
We welcomed two new companies in June, one a claims handling company in Manchester City Centre and the other a Bolton-based electrical contractor. It’s always exciting to bring new companies on board and help them on their ISO journey.
June saw 10 assessment days, with the majority of these still being conducted remotely. In terms of the internal audits conducted for this month, we are now seeing a 50/50 split between those audits being virtual and on-site. While 21st June’s lift in restrictions didn’t go ahead as planned, we’re enjoying getting back to ‘normal’ with some of our work practices and it’s lovely to see clients face to face again!
Speaking of that 21st June delay, we’re now counting down to 19th July – fingers crossed the goalposts don’t move again!
And on the subject of goalposts – England has been doing a great job in the Euros! Still no goals conceded and a win against Germany which, for the football fans among us, is momentous – the first time since 1966!
There has been plenty more sport going on (which Brandon in particular has enjoyed), including Wimbledon, Tour de France, and cricket. England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first ODI at Durham, taking a 1-0 lead in the three match series, and Andy Murray made it through to the third round at Wimbledon.
And finally, on a more work-related note, Rishi Sunak announced plans to issue £15 billion of green gilts in the coming financial year to boost the UK’s move to net zero. Along with this the Chancellor also outlined new Integrated Sustainability Disclosures Requirements, which could act as requirements for businesses and organisations in the UK to disclose the impact they are having on the environment and climate change, with the potential to make these legal requirements in the future. This could be an interesting area of development to keep an eye on, to see how this could potentially fit in with those looking to achieve or already maintaining an Environmental Management System (ISO 14001). We’ll be sharing any more information that we feel may be relevant in the coming weeks.
So all in all, another busy month! If anything in our June update has been of particular interest and you’d like some further information, please contact 0161 359 4329 or email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.
Thank you for reading our June update and we wish everyone all the best over the next month.
The Mark 1 team.