‘Out of a Box’ Solution to ISO Compliance for SMEs in UK and Ireland
Based in the North West, Innovative Management Systems (IMS) Ltd was established in 2006. IMS provides services such as auditing, training and consultancy to businesses throughout the UK and Ireland seeking certification to international standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 27001 (Information Security) and ISO 20000 (IT Service Management). In 2009, IMS identified a niche in the market for the provision of a software solution to support compliance with the range of ISO standards. In June 2010, IMS launched their bespoke software package – Compliance Manager – to SMEs in the UK and Republic of Ireland and can already boast a success story – Dungannon based Countryside Services, recently achieved certification to the Information Security standard ISO 27001:2005 using the Compliance Manager Software.
Hugh Sweeney, Managing Director of IMS states “ We are delighted at how quickly our product has become commercially viable and pay tribute to the support we have received from NORIBIC in developing our business through the iFactory Programme, our business continues to access a mix of support including Technical Mentoring, Innovation Coaching and R&D to support the development of ‘Compliance Manager’ and the growth of IMS Ltd throughout the UK and Ireland’
Endorsing ‘Compliance Manager’ as a tool that leads to successful certification to international standards, Gillian Esquivel, founder and Managing Director of CIMAOMEGA, who has been successfully using the Compliance Manager with customers says: "Compliance Manager is a perfect choice for organisations of any size who want to have a cost effective, out of the box system that allows the simple and effective management of documentation, audit records, incidents, training records and supplier reviews. The reporting functionality is simple to use and incredibly reduces paperwork and time in implementing an ISO standard".
Citing IMS as an example of the new breed of entrepreneur, Dr Bernard Toal, Chief Executive of NORIBIC and Programme Director of iFactory comments: “Hugh has taken the administrative headaches out of ISO compliance through an innovative software application that saves time and money for the small business. He had the vision to provide a high tech solution to a low tech problem and at the same time carve out a successful business niche for IMS Ltd. We need more people with Hugh’s entrepreneurial vision to drive our economy forward.”
Belfast Telegraph 25th January 2011
"IMS designed our ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 management system to be user-friendly. This made it easy for our staff to understand what we were asking of them and for us to pass the ISO assessment. We are currently using the Complance Manager software application to manage projects."
Gary Devine, Managing Director, ERM Engineering & Construction, September 2018.