Many businesses – from food manufacturing to construction – of all sizes benefit from standards. Standards help your company to improve the quality of your products and services, reach new customers and markets, improve performance and enhance growth. By meeting standards, your business can also better collaborate with partners, create new products, build trust and stay competitive.
Here is what you need to know when adopting standards:
Step 1: Define your objectives for implementing the standard
Step 2: Identify key processes and systems as laid out in the standard that will help you achieve your objectives
Step 3: Obtain buy-in from top management and employees in committing to the initiative
Step 4: Establish resources required, e.g. personnel, time, infrastructure, finance or grants
The Enterprise Development Grant aims to support SMEs to scale up business capabilities and ensure business sustainability. You can take on projects to adopt standards with the grant. It covers up to 70% of qualifying project costs such as consultancy, training, certification and equipment cost.
Click here for more information about the Enterprise Development Grant.
Here are examples of how local businesses and organisations have used standards to enhance operations, reduce cost and become more efficient.
Cadi Scientific, a local medical device manufacturer, adopted TR 45 on standards for remote vital signs monitoring to surmount device interface challengers with the large variety of hospital systems, thereby growing its customer base both locally and overseas. Read Blazing a trail in health wearables
The benefits of business continuity management (BCM) cannot be measured in dollars and cents, which may be why many small and medium-sized enterprises have not developed plans. But some buck the trend like RMA Group, which provides business processes like recruitment, payroll processing and digitalisation. Read Knowing what to do when disasters strikes
Thanks to a focus on standards and conformance over the years, homegrown manufacturer, Freshening, now has 5,000 food service establishments as its customers and it has grown to be a leading wet towel producer as well as a key provider of hygiene and food service product in the region. Read Harnessing standards & conformance paying off for Freshening Industries
As a firm believer of standards, Gold Kili has adopted several standards to put in place various quality management systems. This has helped to grow food manufacturing company’s business as product quality is assured and customers are confident with brand quality. Read Gold Kili drinks to standards in product quality
You can propose the development of a new standard, review an existing standard or participate in international standardisation. Proposals can be submitted to Enterprise Singapore here.