I have just returned from my regular visit to our auditing team in China. Based in Qingdao, we work with the Ansense group which comprises (in this photo):
Micah, Vincent, Jell, Tim & Steven.
The Audit Team
The first 4 names are our BRC audit team while Steven is now looking after business development there. I had a great time and while I was there I witnessed Vincent auditing a frozen produce factory and had our usual team and calibration meeting, which was very encouraging.
Qingdao is the largest city in the Shandong province with a population of c 10 million. It is famous for hosting the water sports for the 2008 Olympic Games, for Tsingtao beer and for the World’s longest bridge (among other things). In the Shandong province there are many food factories and the highest proportion of BRC-certificated sites that are based in China. Thus the Ansense team are ideally situated to continue to increase our work there.
We are currently able to offer the BRC Food Safety Standard and the Agents & Brokers Standard in China.
With space for a tenth….
I was delighted to be at Cany Products in France on 8th & 9th June to witness one of our auditors carrying out an audit for the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. It was lovely to to see their history with Micron2 proudly displayed in this way.
James married his beautiful girl, Abigail on Sunday 30th April. It was just a wonderful day and I am still coming down!
Ron Kill 02/05/17
You might want a coffee while you read this one. The BRC have informed us that from October 1st 2017 the audit registration fee goes from £215 to £300. This is a charge that all Certification Bodies have to collect on behalf of the BRC so is part of our invoice to you for any BRC audit that we carry out. Thus for Micron2 it applies to the Food Safety, Storage & Distribution and Agents & Brokers Standards.
The BRC have stated that increase is to maintain their position as the premium GFSI scheme and so that innovations can be funded.
All our audit quotes for audits carried out after that date will be to the new rate, I am sorry to say, but this is a charge that we have to pass on.
Ron Kill 06/04/17
In August and September 2016 another two members of staff reached the 10 year mark with Micron2: Terry Beale and Alison Hickman.
Terry has been a brilliant all-round auditor for us taking in three BRC Standards including all categories of the Food Safety Standard plus bespoke audits. He has been one of the stalwarts who has always been available for us and helped us to maintain our aims of always being able to get audits done on time and provide great service. To quote one of our many satisfied clients: “Audit was carried out in a professional manner and all staff were made to feel comfortable during discussions and questions at all levels of the business. Thanks to Terry.”
We thank Terry for 10 good years.
Alison joined us back in 2006 as Alison Taylor and has become a vital member of our office team. The administration and management of BRC auditing has changed almost completely in that time and Alison has met all the changes we have thrown at her. She is a key person in ensuring that our deadlines are met and that auditors have all the documents they need and reports and certificates are issued on time -which is no small task!
Again we thank Alison for all her service over 10 good years and we look forward to more from both Alison and Terry.