Welcome to our November update, another really busy one in the lead up to Christmas! With just a few weeks until many take some time off to enjoy the festive season, here’s what we have been up to.
Quality Week was in November and a great opportunity for us to celebrate the very thing we stand for, but the month also saw an impressive seven assessment days, with a continued mix of client visits and remote auditing. This is working well and seems to be feedback from clients has included that they enjoy the greater flexibility.
Paul was working from home in the last week of November to enable him to self isolate in readiness for his operation, unfortunately, it has been cancelled, so he is back client-facing again for the next few weeks.
Continuous professional development is key for us, which is one of the reasons Mark provided some Internal Auditor Training this month to one of our clients, as well as spending three days in Scotland working on a Health and Safety Audit.
With the environment a huge focus for everyone – especially after the COP26 event, we have built it into our standard working practice to carry out remote work where possible to help reduce our own impact, and we’ve had some great discussions with customers about setting meaningful environmental objectives.
Companies can look into assessing their carbon footprint and consider documenting a carbon reduction plan, and it’s great to see that so many people are deciding to take the plunge now to help their businesses acclimatise to the continued international push for evidencing environmental performance.
Our top tip here? Start small and build on it! Some initial areas to consider are fuel, electricity usage, waste volumes, refrigerant use, transportation and supplier travel. The current cold spell has encouraged many to have the heating on in the office and it’s worth looking at ways to make this as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to explore this and ISO14001 in greater depth.
We’re thrilled that the Christmas markets are back in Manchester this year after an understandable hiatus, hopefully we can get along to them for a work social (hint, hint, Mark!), and we’ve been discussing F1 in depth in the office, too. It was the closest it has been for years between Mercedes and Red Bull!
Brandon is especially keen on his sport and followed Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s story closely – we’re glad she is safe and well (allegedly). We’d also like to wish the best of luck to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
So, there you have it! It’s been another great month. If anything in our November update has been of particular interest and you’d like some further information, please contact 0161 359 4329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Thank you for reading our November update and we wish everyone all the best over the next month.
The Mark 1 team.