techUK's BPC is a business certification that assists companies in the technology sector develop their professionalism through improved business processes and adoption of relevant industry best practice.
The BPC was created to provide technology companies, especially SMEs, with a relevant and fit for purpose 'stamp' of professionalism. techUK members wanted their commitment to the development and adoption of best practice and professionalism to be more formally recognised. Professional organisations create confidence and trust in their customers, suppliers, staff and other stakeholders, which results in reduced costs, increased customer loyalty and profits and an enhanced reputation for themselves and industry as a whole.
BPC improves a business in a number of ways. Firstly it's an explicit statement of professionalism, increasingly recognised by customers. It will help differentiate your company from your competitors. Companies that have already been awarded BPC have told us that the exercise has helped them improve their processes, identify inefficiencies, cut costs and reduce business risks. Based on feedback from companies that have completed the BPC, the process has helped them be more agile when submitting PQQs and RFPs, as well as having the right processes in place to facilitate a growing workforce.
ISO and other standards are complimentary to BPC and indeed may automatically exempt an applicant from needing to complete all 10 of the scheme components. A number of companies that have been awarded BPC also have ISOs, and/or Investor in People. The reason they opt for BPC in addition is because they want to demonstrate professionalism as well as quality. Also the BPC is tailored for companies in the technology and manufacturing sector whereas other standards are generic.
It is free to techUK members. Non-members are welcome to participate for an annual fee, which may be more expensive than an annual techUK membership fee (depending on company). Please contact us for more information, E email@example.com
The benefits of BPC can apply to organisations of any size. In developing BPC, techUK had SMEs in mind because smaller companies often have less mature processes and insufficient resources to obtain an international standard such as ISO 9001. For many BPC is an important, yet highly relevant, first step. Strictly speaking an organisation with less than 250 employees is classified as an SME. Companies with over 200 employees have already applied.
Also - large companies and those who already hold ISOs are in a great position to lead by example. If you believe your company already meets best practice, the BPC is a great way to do an internal audit and should not be too challenging for you. Your support by participation will hopefully encourage others to join in, thereby helping us achieve our objective of improving our industry as a whole.
Yes. techUK will be periodically updating BPC to take account of developments in industry best practice. Participants will be notified in advance of any changes to the scheme components and the specific performance criteria within them.
In response to interest from existing certified companies techUK will investigate the requirement for an advanced level of certification.
BPC has been developed by techUK in consultation with members, subject matter experts and Department of Business Innovation and Skills, British Standards Institute, Investors in People, UK Trade and Investment, and Cabinet Office.
The BPC is an annual certification, therefore you will be required to provide evidence on an annual basis. However from the second year you will be required to provided evidence on a sample basis of two Scheme Components rather than supply the full ten Scheme Components.
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techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.
techUK is committed to helping its members grow, by:
• Developing markets
• Developing relationships and networks
• Reducing business costs
• Reducing business risks.
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