Independent Network announces pioneering new partnership with the BSI Kitemark for window installersIndependent Network announces pioneering new partnership with the BSI Kitemark for window installers
In another first for leading glazing industry installer organisation Independent Network, member companies that wish to further enhance their offering to homeowners by achieving BSI Kitemark certification will now receive favourable rates, thanks to the many shared objectives in the organisations’ auditing processes.
The BSI Kitemark represents one of the country’s most widely recognised and revered independent quality and safety certifications. Independent Network installers will be able to enjoy projected potential cost savings of around 50% compared to those footed by non-Network members.
Independent Network’s Managing Director, John Ogilvie commented: “To my knowledge, this is the first time that the BSI has entered into a partnership like this in our industry. Besides feeling remarkably honoured, I believe this is a just acknowledgement of the market-leading role that Independent Network plays and, rightly, member companies that sign up will benefit from the considerable kudos it brings.”
The BSI Kitemark has been trusted and valued as a powerful, independent mark of differentiation since its introduction in 1903. For window and doorset installers, it signals that a company is committed to offering installation services of the highest standards, from the point of providing a proper written estimate, through surveying (where required) to the final inspection.
John continues: “With the rigorous vetting and auditing requirements that companies must satisfy to become, then remain a member of Independent Network, some parties may question why any additional certification would be necessary.
“What we discovered is that many of the BSI’s criteria in assessing BSI Kitemark applicants are closely aligned with Independent Network’s existing precedents. Therefore, only a few additional elements need adding to our current auditing process to consider companies for the BSI Kitemark too, giving them the unique means to gain a nationally recognised certification in a comparatively timely and cost-effective manner.
“As an organisation, we’re proud to offer our members this opportunity to further themselves and their businesses – the more they succeed, the more we all benefit.”
Ensuring that BSI Kitemark standards will consistently be met, the BSI team reviewed the revised audit that Independent Network will use with applicant member companies. John explains: “The BSI team were impressed by our UKAS accreditation, which instilled them with confidence in the thoroughness of our systems and procedures. Of course, it’s of paramount importance for an organisation of their stature to ensure that its standards and reputation will not be compromised – a position that we uphold in our own operations at Independent Network.
“Entering into this partnership represents another exciting milestone for us and I’m sure the uptake from our member companies will be substantial. Representatives from BSI will be joining us at the Independent Network AGM on 21st March in Stratford, giving members a great opportunity to find out more.”