Seal of approval for metal manufacturing company

Gateshead-based metal fabrication firm, Hill & Smith Tegrel, has cemented its excellent customer service reputation by successfully upgrading their stringent integrated management system.

The FTSE-listed company, which employs over 60 people at its factory in Blaydon, has successfully transitioned to the latest versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the internationally recognised quality and environmental standards.

The upgrade means that Hill & Smith Tegrel has been recognised for its commitment to following best practice principles in quality and environmental management.

It demonstrates that they are continually monitoring and managing risks across the business. This ensures they provide good quality products and services that strengthen customer satisfaction, while meeting their legal compliance obligation, reducing environmental impacts, and improving efficiency.

Janine Leech, Management Systems Manager, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve met these important standards. We value consistency and excellence and are always looking to make improvements to our processes to effectively deliver what our customers need and value. These standards show and reassure our customers that we take great care to be the best we can be.”

Hill & Smith Tegrel has grown to be UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke metal fabrications over the past 45 years. They specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide variety of metal fabrications that are custom-built to the exact requirements of both UK and international customers. They are particularly well-known for producing overhead motorway signs.

Janine said: “One of the clear benefits of upgrading the standards is that it has heightened the awareness of the importance of quality among our workforce. This has created an excellent reporting system and a mind-set that both benefits and reassures our customers.”

Hill & Smith Tegrel achieved the ISO standard transition with the support with the support and guidance of Absolute Quality Consultancy & Training with whom they have worked with for a number of years.

Janine said: “Initially, it was quite a task to get senior management to understand the benefits the standards offer and commit to having them implemented. The Absolute Quality team swiftly turned the situation around with their friendly, no-nonsense and easy-to-understand approach and have since become an invaluable part of the team.”

The company successfully made the transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 with ease, passing their audit with flying colours.

Janine said: “Successfully completing the transitions is a great achievement and we couldn’t have done it without Absolute Quality Consultancy & Training. They genuinely are absolutely amazing, and they’ve made my life so much easier!”