COEL has received three ISO endorsements for its work on office and laboratory design and fit-outs.
The Cambridge company earned the certifications in quality management system (ISO 9001: 2015), environmental management (ISO 14001: 2015) and health and safety management (45001: 2018).
David Williams, COEL’s group finance director, who spearheaded work on the accreditations, says: “I am delighted that we have achieved all three standards. The recognition of these standards is a reflection of how COEL work and deliver great spaces for our clients.”
Flagship Partners carried out a gap analysis at COEL to ensure its procedures met the criteria from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in each category.
David said: “Flagship Partners expertly guided us through the process and provided practical advice when required. I would also like to extend my thanks to our health and safety advisors Workplace Risk Management (WRM). We are excited to build upon these standards in the coming months.”
The Cambridge company, which also has Peterborough and Oxford offices, specialises in space planning, which is helping businesses adapt to post-pandemic working practices.
With its property maintenance subsidiary, CPMS, and its furniture team, the company offers a full turnkey service.
Peter Rushmer, founder, and director of Flagship Partners, which provided COEL with guidance on compliance, safety, and HR, noted: “The benefits of ISO are that they are internationally-recognised accreditations, which show that the company demonstrates high levels of quality management, environmental management and safety management, which gives customers peace of mind that they are working with a reputable business.
“For all of the standards, COEL were already performing fantastically well, so it was more a case of standardising these procedures to ensure they were consistent.”
Peter added: “These certifications mean that any prospective client can have absolute peace of mind that COEL are consistently and demonstrably delivering very high standards across their entire business.”
COEL is shortlisted in the Business of the Year (More than 50 Employees) and Lockdown Leader categories of the Cambridge Independent SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards, being held on October 13, 2022.