Forfar company is keeping up standards

Forfar Company Andrew Shepherd Construction have been awarded quality awards for Quality Management and Environmental management. From left: councillor Mairi Evans, convenor of Infrastructure at Angus Council; Margaret Scott HR and David Shepherd Director at Andrew Shepherd with Dave Valentine, Head of Economic Development at Angus Council.

Forfar Company Andrew Shepherd Construction have been awarded quality awards for Quality Management and Environmental management. From left: councillor Mairi Evans, convenor of Infrastructure at Angus Council; Margaret Scott HR and David Shepherd Director at Andrew Shepherd with Dave Valentine, Head of Economic Development at Angus Council.

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A FORFAR company has achieved international standards in quality and environmental management.

Andrew Shepherd Construction Ltd, a long established Angus company, with roots back in the 19th century has maintained its traditional slating and plastering business through the generations. In 1960 David Laird Shepherd, the father of current Director David Edward Shepherd, bought into the firm with his father.

By the early 1990s the firm had transformed into a general main contracting company similar in form to the structure we see today, with a wide and diversified client base across North East Scotland, employing a core skilled staff of 50.

The company operates out of an extensive office and warehousing complex in Forfar, which contains an in-house joinery workshop manufacturing solely for the company thereby avoiding long lead-in times. The capability ranges from doors to timber kit production.

Following a comprehensive review of the future prospects for the business carried out in 2010, the Company made the bold decision to invest time, money and effort into seeking formal ISO 9001 recognition for its Quality Management System and ISO 14001 accreditation for its Environmental Management System.

Following the decision to seek formal ISO 9001 recognition, the business engaged QCS International Ltd to support them in embarking on a business improvement process to enhance their reputation within the business community.

Match funding support towards the costs of the consultants work was provided by Angus Council’s economic development team through the innovative Tayside Business Development Grant. This grant scheme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF programme).

The certification body BM Trada assessed the company’s recently installed quality and environmental management systems and found them to be in full compliance with the requirements of the international standards, ISO9001 for quality and ISO14001 for environmental management.

Through the achievement of the international standards, ISO9001 for quality and ISO14001 for environmental management Andrew Shepherd Construction Ltd demonstrate that it has systems in place to ensure the delivery of a high quality product and that environmental impact is considered during its work.

Congratulating the company Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “I’m delighted we were able to assist Andrew Shepherd Construction Ltd achieve recognition of their commitment to quality and the environment through this accreditation. I fully believe this endorsement will help the business stand out from the crowd in what is still a very difficult and competitive business environment.”

David Shepherd said: “Our management team and staff are to be commended for attaining this important certification in such a timely manner, we continually strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and the ISO certification reflects our ongoing focus on this continuous improvement process.”