February has flown by, and once again it is time for an update. We’ve built on January’s strong start with a further eleven assessment days this month; the Mark1 team are working hard to help our clients reach their goals!
The storms and snow flurries have persevered just as much as we have, with another month of cold snaps and strong winds. In light of the weather, the price hikes in electricity, gas and fuel are a real concern for many. From a business standpoint, efficiency is key moving forward— keeping your workforce comfortable, whilst ensuring that your carbon emissions and energy usage are controlled. ISO 14001 may prove useful here, by providing a framework through which you can reduce your energy costs whilst protecting the environment. To discuss how this would work for you, you can get in contact with our team here.
In many ways, February was a month of disaster mitigation and coming together. Making a recovery/ continuity plan for your business, in case of further bad weather, is definitely advisable! We hope that you are all managing to keep warm and that the sunshine is here to stay.
When we discussed the African Cup of Nations in our last update, we asked which team your money was on: if you said Senegal, give yourself a pat on the back! Winning the continental championship for the first time, they defeated Egypt on penalties after a nail-biting stalemate. In a further tense stand-off, Liverpool won the Carabao Cup against Chelsea with an 11-10 penalty shoot-out.
We are delighted to report another win of our own: we welcomed two new companies this month. We look forward to working with our clients, both new and existing, and continuing to expand. We’d also like to draw your attention to the upcoming changes in ISO 27001, especially in relation to the update of ISO 27002. The security controls detailed within Annex A of 27001 will be updated in 2022, although the date of this change is unconfirmed as of yet; we will update you when we know more.
In medical news, Paul’s operation has been cancelled again! Many of us are thinking about our health at the moment; the self-isolation laws end as we move into March. After contact with someone who has Covid, people in England no longer need to self-isolate or test. In light of these changes, we urge everyone to keep up to date with the latest guidance and to be as safe as they can.
We conclude our February update by paying our respects to everyone affected by events in Ukraine – our thoughts and prayers remain with all the families who are suffering.
Take care, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you again next month.
The Mark1 Team.