Fife engineering firm achieves excellent level of quality, safety and environmental compliance

DPS Group credits SQMC with achieving its goals and enabling its senior team to learn more about management systems and international standards.

Fife-based DPS Group has worked with SQMC for two years and credits it with making sure that it meets its business objectives, retains essential Quality, Safety and Environmental compliance and helping business growth.

DPS Group is an inventive process engineering group with a vast amount of experience in the design and supply of integrated process systems, packages and technologies for the upstream oil & gas and environmental technology industries.

The DPS Group developed and implemented a Quality Assurance System, which is registered to the BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Standard. The system is constantly reviewed, evaluated and audited to establish greater efficiency and product and service quality, without taking short cuts or using inferior products or materials.

Colin Burnett, Director from DPS Group explained: “Because we work in the gas and oil industry and major organisations like SSE and Scottish Power, it had become increasingly obvious to us that we needed to obtain certification to the Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.

“Our previous assessment company were not UKAS accredited. To allow the DPS Group to utilise further our BS EN 9001:2008, 14001:2004 and 18001:2007 accreditation, we interviewed various suppliers that offered a fully accredited service.

“We needed this to happen in record time to meet our clients’ requirements - as for many it was a pre-requisite to doing business with us. That was when SQMC was recommended, based on their track record. We decided SQMC offered the best level of knowledge and support that we required.”

Working with SQMC was fundamental in DPS achieving its goals and enabling the DPS senior team to find out more about management systems and international standards.

SQMC provided invaluable support in terms of developing robust documentation and recording systems, creating quality plans, emergency plans and project execution plans for new contracts.

Colin Burnett continued: “We have an excellent working relationship with SQMC - having an SQMC person on site working with us is just like having another member of staff, they treat our business as if it were their own and work above and beyond the call of duty, putting in time and effort and working with us at strategic level. They genuinely add value to our business and are a real asset, continually demonstrating commitment and flexibility.”

SQMC Director, Karen MacKenzie, added: “This was an excellent project to work on as DPS is so dynamic and so interested in developing their management systems to take their business forward.”

Colin Burnett concluded: “From the outset, SQMC and Karen MacKenzie in particular, have guided our company with the drive and clarity that is required for what can be a time consuming process. The direct approach to analysing our in-house systems has not only allowed the Group to meet the standards required, but has also highlighted points of duplication in operations, certification and documentation and made us more efficient. We will continue to work with SQMC for years to come.”

Established in 2001, DPS has four divisions: DP Services Limited, DP Systems Limited, DP Sales Limited and DP Source, with clients throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

SQMC provides internationally-accredited quality training and qualifications to a diverse client base of SMEs and large multinationals across a broad range of industrial and service sectors and public and private industries across the UK and internationally.

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