Request for Quotation – ISO 9001 Accreditation Body – St Helens

Ref A2SS Conway 2
Expression of Interest closing date 20171013



Conway Control Systems Ltd (CCS) is a company that specialises in the manufacture and supply of thermocouples, control systems and instrumentation for use in a number of industrial sectors and applications.  Demand is from domestic and international companies that specialise in fire testing, chemical and glass production, pharmaceutical, food, aerospace, military and automotive applications.

Many applications require demonstration of the latest quality standards, namely ISO9001:2015.  The business employs 8-10 staff and has grown steadily over the past few years.  Accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 would assist in further efficient growth of the business.  The creation of a revised ISO accredited quality management system would also support efficiencies in the day to day running of the business including:

product traceability
risk management
recruitment and training
customer satisfaction

Obtaining and maintaining ISO9001:2015 accreditation will also enable the business to secure larger contracts and generate further opportunities for expansion and growth.

The company understands the work required to obtain and maintain accreditation, having worked with older standards for ISO9001 and has standard operating procedures in place to cover the day to day processes within the business.


This RFQ is to carry out the accreditation procedure to gain ISO certification for 9001:2015.  Quotations are invited from appropriately qualified accreditation bodies for audit and certification.

Deliverable Timescale

CCS plans to commence the audit and accreditation process within the period March, April or May 2018.

Scoring Methodology

4 Excellent  –  Proposal meets and in some places exceeds the required standard
3 Good – Proposal meets required standard
2 Acceptable –  Proposal meets the required standard in most respects, but is lacking or inconsistent in others
1 Poor – Proposal falls short of expected standard
0 Unacceptable     Completely or significantly fails to meet required standard or does not provide the relevant answer

Indicative Budget

This work will be part funded though the European Regional Development Fund.  The project falls within the £2,500 – £24,999 bracket and therefore, under current Public Procurement Regulations, there is no formal tender procedure but a detailed written quotation is required.

Evaluation Criteria

Quotations will be assessed and scored on the following criteria:

Cost (60%)
Industry recognition of Accreditation Body (20%)
Delivery Timescale (10%)
Ease of Communication (10%)

Proposal Format

Proposals should clearly demonstrate how they meet the requirement set out above.

Deadline and Submission

Quotations are required by 5:00pm Friday 13 October 2017, either electronically or by post/in person to Graham Conway, Southlyn, Farnworth Road, Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 2TX
Tel. 01744 813235

Date Published 3rd October 2017

This work is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.