Standards and small businesses

What is a standard?

In essence, a standard is an agreed way of doing something. It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials – standards can cover a huge range of activities undertaken by organizations and used by their customers.

How can standards help small businesses?

If you’re a small business, you already know that you have to work harder to prove yourself against larger organizations. That’s where our standards come in. Whether you want to monitor and improve product quality, harden up your IT system security, implement a complaints management system, vet potential employees or give customers extra peace of mind, using our standards can help.

Implementing standards inspires confidence in your business and sets you apart from the competition. And, crucially for your bottom line, it can drive down costs, boost productivity and improve profits.

It can also help retain existing customers and open doors to new markets. Indeed, some contracts and supply chains are only open to standards-compliant businesses. This is why adopting BSI standards can be a big step-up that allows you to compete with larger organizations.

Standards can:

  • Help you allocate resources more efficiently.
  • Get your product to market quicker.
  • Reduce your risks from IT failure.
  • Help you compete effectively with larger organizations.

A consortium of European National Standards Bodies and CEN-CENELEC have worked together, with European Commission funding, to build an eLearning tool for European SMEs.

SME Forum

Through our SME Forum we work with small businesses to find out how national, European and international policies and strategies impact on SMEs.

The Forum provides an opportunity for SMEs to engage with BSI on strategic and policy issues through a number of virtual and face-to-face meetings each year.

Finding the right standards

Finding the right standards for your business can be a challenge. Visit our Standards Development portal to search by keyword  for standards in development, published standards and relevant BSI committees. 

Alternatively if you know which standard you need you can purchase a copy from our shop.