Audit is a word that strikes fear in many organisations. However, if your business is well-prepared for an audit, the whole process becomes a hassle-free experience. JVR Consultancy is highly experienced in compliance and the audit process. As a respected consultancy, here at JVR, we can ensure that your business is fully prepared for passing your audit.
As we specialise in the construction, rail, utilities, oil and gas sectors, we are well-versed in the audit process required for Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB), Achilles and RISQS (audits conducted by Capita). In fact, some of our consultants have worked as Achilles auditors which gives them an even greater insight into the audit process and requirements.
Why are Audits Required?
For high-risk industries such as rail, construction, utilities, oil, and gas, businesses must be compliant with the rules and regulations required by the sector. Accreditations such as UVDB, RISQS, and Achilles ensure that suppliers in these industries meet the required standards. These sought-after accreditations act as a hallmark of quality and reassure businesses that suppliers with these accreditations can be trusted to deliver a safe, socially responsible and reliable service.
To achieve these accreditations in the first place, and to keep them, suppliers are audited to ensure that they continue to uphold the standards required. Audits are undertaken to provide assurance to businesses that their supply chain is compliant with the necessary health and safety, and business systems standards required. Ultimately, audits can help to ensure that suppliers continue to maintain health and safety standards, social responsibility standards and business systems standards and quality standards. Without audits, none of these critical factors would be subject to regular scrutiny.
What Happens During the Audit Process?
The audit process typically begins with your company completing a pre-audit submission or similar document. The information which is provided in this document will inform the type of audit that your business requires.
The level of risk associated with your business activity and the number of employees that you have will determine the duration of your audit. Higher risk suppliers may require a two-day onsite audit which includes speaking with members of your staff. For lower-risk suppliers, a shorter audit process may be all that is needed.
An Achilles UVDB Verify audit will require your business to provide details of the management systems that you have in place for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ), along with your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As well as examining your systems, you may also be required to have a site-based assessment too. For a two-day audit, this could involve the auditor conducting a one-day assessment of your management systems, and a one-day assessment of your site. During the site visit, the auditor is likely to want to interview your staff. The auditor may also view your equipment, facilities and the materials used in your processes.
During the audit, the auditor will record their findings. Following the audit, an audit report will be produced detailing your results and the auditor’s findings. The report will then be available for buyers to view when selecting suppliers for future work opportunities.
How JVR Consultancy can Help Support Your Business in the Audit Process
Audit readiness is vital to help you to pass your audit. Preparation for the audit is key to receiving the results that you need to retain your accreditation, and to ensure your business secures lucrative work in the future.
As a respected compliance and audit consultancy, here at JVR Consultancy, we can use our skills and expertise to prepare your business for the audit process fully.
Our consultants can offer your company a bespoke audit-readiness service to ensure that you have everything in place for a successful assessment of your business. You can depend on our trusted service to take away the stress often associated with the audit process, and approach your audit with confidence that you are fully prepared for the auditor’s visit.
We will work with you to gain an in-depth understanding of your policies and procedures, and will then develop your management systems to meet the required standards for compliance.
At JVR Consultancy, we are invested in helping you to achieve the best possible outcome from your audit and will support you through the process.
Enlisting the services of JVR Consultancy will provide you with the expert advice needed for audit preparation. Contact us to find out how we can prepare your business for a successful audit by calling us on 01628 565256 or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions from our Customers
Yes we can, we can assist you with any of the accreditation featured on our website. We have a 100% record of securing any of the accreditation in the first audit for all our customers for the last 13 years.
More to the point, I ask clients how quickly can you start. We can have a consultant working on your accreditation within the hour if you are ready. The only things that take time are the audit dates, these are issued to the client by the certification body so it is out of our control.
This depends on how much the client has in place already. The more they have, the easier it becomes to work on their accreditation. The gap analysis that we carry out is free of charge and afterwards will give you an exact fixed price.
The fixed price will include the following –
- Carry out all the work ( creating documents & processes tailored to your company )
- Attend the audit ( as your expert consultant ) or make the desktop submission.
- Make any corrections that the auditor may highlight to ensure that you obtain your accreditation the first audit.
Initially, we need to talk to you to carry out the free gap analysis. Afterwards, we would require you to forward all the relevant documents. After that, we can complete the work with the minimum of your input, leaving you to concentrate on doing what you do best for the company.
Yes! Let us Manage your Accreditations with Ongoing Support and Maintenance. With us managing your accreditations, your team can then focus on business growth and development. This gives you peace of mind knowing your compliance is being routinely managed by professionals. Ongoing support and maintenance avoids panic in your business when suddenly faced with an audit, knowing at all times you are well prepared.
Achieve Accreditation and Compliance with JVR
JVR Consultancy was formed in the year 2008. We noticed that there was a gap in the market, for companies who work in the construction, rail, utilities, oil and gas sector who were not fully supported in the way that they could be when it came to industry compliance and certification. That is why our highly experienced team of compliance consultants can serve these sectors by providing over 135 years of combined experience with all compliance needs. In short, you won’t find anyone else who cares as much, or who tries as hard as we do.
Speak with one of our experienced consultants. At JVR, we know that time is precious, and you want the answers to your questions quickly. Once we speak with you for the first time over the phone, we need around 10 minutes to fully evaluate which accreditation you need support with and a brief introduction into you and your company.
Managing Director at JVR Consultancy, Steven Sandhu, is passionate and committed to supporting his clients within their chosen Compliance accreditation. With over 15 years of experience across multiple compliance industries, Steven prides himself on delivering 100% accreditation success for his clients, mixed with a passion for providing excellence by understanding the goals and the needs of his clients’ businesses. All this, combined with his strong breadth of skills and knowledge by routinely researching industry requirements changes and introducing new regulated requirements
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With a success rate of 100% and a team who will go above and beyond to make sure that your expectations are met, you know that you can trust in us to provide you with the knowledge, resources and expertise you need to make a difference. Contact us today to find out more.
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