Accreditations are important. They show that businesses meet crucial industry standards and are a re-assurance to potential clients. Here are our accreditation bodies in the spheres of security, electrical contracting, heath and safety and renewable energies.
NSI stands for National Security Inspectorate and only NSI accredited companies are authorised to use and display the NSI logo and are accepted by insurance companies and the police and fire services as professional systems installers. The NSI is the specialist approvals and certification body that inspects companies providing home security, business security and fire safety services. Choosing an NSI approved company ensures the contractor you select works to the highest recognised industry standards as demanded by the Police, Fire and Rescue Services and insurance industry. NSI approval is not simply a bureaucratic box-ticking exercise; all NSI approved certified companies are audited twice a year and re-certified every three years to ensure standards are being maintained. The Steadfast Group has been accredited Gold Standard by the NSI. In their words: The combination of Quality Management System Certification and sector specific product or service, represents the Gold standard of certification. This level holds the greatest perceived value across industry and by the police, fire and rescue services and insurers.
CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is available to suppliers, (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers. CHAS is a founder member and past chair of Safety Schemes in Procurement - Competence Forum, or SSIP. CHAS is the fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK with 720 buyer members and over 62,000 suppliers on its database - figures which also make it the largest health and safety assessment scheme in the UK.
BEING a member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an essential requirement of a solar panel installer. Without it, clients would not be eligible for any Government-backed Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Make sure too, the system you install has MCS approval - again, you need MCS approval to qualify for the FiT.MCS registration is a mark of compliance to come up to the requirements of industry standard. It is also a sign of consistency and quality.
Solar installer members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) are expected to abide by the standards set out in the consumer code of REA. Since 2006, REAL has been applying Office of Fair Trading standards to the renewables industry. It does certification and consumer protection work while looking to promote the cause of renewables. Since 2012 it has also been monitoring industry compliance with all relevant Codes of Practice. Note: Sometimes this accreditation is displayed as REAL rather than REA, with solar companies adding the ‘Limited’ to the name.
Steadfast Security Solutions Ltd holds SIA approved contractor status for the provision of Security Guarding and Key holding services. The Security Industry Authority is responsible for regulating the private security industry. It is an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. It has two main duties. One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria. SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job. The Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services. Organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status. This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor's commitment to quality. The Steadfast Group are proud to be fully accredited to the SIA and delighted that our SIA ratings continue to rise year after year.
NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for nearly sixty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors. In addition to its core electrical business it provides certification to firms across the heating, plumbing, renewable and insulation sectors. NICEIC has developed a reputation amongst consumers, specifiers of work and industry for promoting safety, integrity and technical excellence. Contractors undergo a rigorous assessment process, covering a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory staff. They are then re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.
Alcumus provides technology-led compliance risk management, certification and accreditation services, supporting both the UK and International clients with their Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) strategies. They support clients by managing their exposure to risk, helping them comply with the latest legislation and improving business performance while encouraging workforce engagement. Customers trust Alcumus for their considerable industry experience, sector specialisms and breadth of support.
Constructionline is the UK’s most connected and progressive provider of procurement and supply chain management services. It aims to make contracting simpler while helping customers achieve more. In September 2017, Constructionline introduced two new levels of accreditation, designed to accommodate the broadening needs of both suppliers and buyers in a one-stop shop for Third Party Governance & Risk Management.
Achilles UVDB provides a fair, open and transparent means of supplier selection for potential tender opportunities. It helps utility companies manage risk within their supply chain and comply with EU Procurement Legislation. Joining Achilles UVDB enables suppliers to win new business, reduce overheads, increase credibility and gain competitive advantage.