Laidlaw - Accreditations
As the leading product and service provider in its sector Laidlaw gives high priority to ensuring it conforms with all relevant and necessary accreditations and standards.
Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
Laidlaw is a member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and employs over 100 GAI qualified staff.
The GAI is Britain’s only trade body solely dedicated to promoting the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery business – architectural ironmongers themselves, and the manufacturers and wholesalers of architectural ironmongery products.
At the heart of the Guild’s activities is their highly respected educational programme. The three-year Diploma course is the qualification for architectural ironmongers. Of the 2000+ diploma-holders, hundreds have taken their education further, achieving Registered Architectural Ironmonger (Reg AI) status, proving their commitment, expertise and professionalism.
Laidlaw is a member of Buildoffsite, an industry-wide campaigning organisation that promotes greater uptake of offsite techniques by UK construction. It is an alliance of clients, developers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, government, advisors and researchers. The challenges facing UK construction are well known. A combination of growing demand, coupled with poor quality and a reducing skills base, has created a dilemma that will not be resolved without a "step change" in productivity and quality of build. The use of offsite techniques offers a potential solution to this dilemma. Buildoffsite has been set up to promote this option and Laidlaw is a proud supporter of the organisation's objectives.
Quality Management System: ISO9001:2008
The Laidlaw Quality Management System is certified by BSI to the ISO9001:2008 standard. ISO9001:2008 is by far the world’s most established quality framework, currently being used by around 897,000 organizations in 170 countries worldwide and sets the standard not only for quality management systems, but management systems in general. It helps all kinds of organizations to succeed through improved customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement. ISO9001:2008 is the latest version of this standard, which we have achieved.
Environmental Management System: ISO14001
The Laidlaw Environmental Management System is now certified by BSI to the ISO14001 standard. This is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how businesses can go about putting in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact; by ensuring the commitment of the entire organisation to its environmental objectives. Laidlaw is one of the first business in its sector to achieve this standard and clearly demonstrates the company's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.
RIBA CPD Providers' Network
These seminars are assessed by the RIBA and carry the prestige, good name and industry respect that the RIBA, with its 175-year heritage, provides. All the material we offer you is rigorously assessed within strict best practice guidelines by our team of assessors, all RIBA members and practising architects.
British Institute of Interior Design.
The British Institute of Interior Design is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.
Laidlaw subscribes to NBS Building which provides pre-written clauses for architectural ironmongery, doorset and handrailing specifications. The guidance for each clause appears beside it on screen for speedy referral and specifiers can add building product information with a single click. Many clauses have drop-down lists of commonly specified values enabling you to add them more quickly. By using NBS Building you can be assured you are using the industry standard specification system that conforms to best practice. It provides extensive guidance to help you select and edit the right clauses for your project.
GuildMark is the Architectural Ironmongery quality scheme which was created by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the RIBA. It recognises companies that meet the very highest industry standards for quality. Built on the principles of the RIBA’s own continuous professional development requirements, GuildMark places a number of important stipulations on its members to ensure that only the most proficient and professional Architectural Ironmongery practitioners can join and retain membership.
You can view our GuildMark brochure by clicking this link.
Investors In People
Investors in people is designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people. Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and national organisations, the Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. Since it was developed, the Standard has been reviewed every three years to ensure that it remains relevant, accessible and attractive to all. The most recent review was completed in November 2004. Investors in People provides a flexible framework which mirrors the business planning cycle (Plan, Do, Review), making it clear for organisations to follow and implement in their own planning cycle.
- Plan – Developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation
- Do – Taking action to improve the performance of the organisation
- Review – Evaluating the impact on the performance of the organisation.
The Contractors Health And Safety Assessment Scheme
CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is a non-commercial scheme available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers.
The Door and Hardware Federation
DHF represents the interests of manufactures and installers of industrial, pedestrian and garage doors as well as manufactures of locks and building hardware. It provides professionals in all sectors of the building industry with a single source for technical expertise with the ultimate aim of assuring progress and maintaining standards throughout the industry.
Laidlaw Solutions achieve Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation.
The Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation is quickly becoming recognized as the standard for supplier excellence within the industry. Major contractors are using the service to evaluate their supply chains, drive up performance and forge longer lasting relationships with key suppliers.