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SME web-portal

The standards in support of small and medium enterprises
 
Standardization contributes to the better performance of SMEs on the market but the fact that standards give added value is not well known yet by the small businesses. Therefore during last years attention was focused on small and medium enterprises in order to increase their participation in the standardization process.
 
Following this initiative, the created SME portal will provide standardization related information and will answer SMEs questions. Through it SMEs in Bulgaria will be informed about:
  • current information on standardization
  • competent answers to questions in the field of standardization
  • new initiatives in the field of standardization
  • participation in the development of new standards
  • updated brochures targeting SMEs
  • trainings for small and medium enterprises with an emphasis on standardization
  • conferences and seminars tailored to the interest of small and medium enterprises.
 
What is SMEs benefit by implementing standards?
  • improving the quality of products and services
  • attracting new customers
  • increasing consumers’ confidence in the respective business
  • increasing the competitiveness
  • reducing the provisional mistakes
  • reduced costs
  • ensuring compliance of products with certain requirements
  • facilitating exports
 
Why standards should be used?
  • The standards open doors to new markets
  • The standards make you equivalent to the "big players" on the market
  • The standards help you to discover the best business practices
  • The standards increase the efficiency of your activity
  • The standards increase the trust of your customers
  • The standards give a competitive advantage
  • The standards make your brand internationally recognized
  • The standards contribute to your growth
  • The standards help for using a common language in a given industrial sector

 

Useful links:
 
Web-site of the European standardization organizations CEN / CENELEC designed to help SMEs
 
SMEs represent more than 99% of all European business and they constitute the genuine backbone of Europe’s economy. Standardization contributes to enhance SMEs key role on the market, but most of the time the standards’ added value is not well-known by small businesses. Therefore, in the last years, CEN and CENELEC decided to tackle this problem and increased their efforts targeting SMEs and their participation in the standardization work. To address this, the new CEN-CENELEC SME webportal will better guide and respond to SMEs questions on standardization. The SME web portal will provide European SMEs with business tools required to access the European Standardization System of CEN and CENELEC through:
  • Information on new standardization initiatives
  • Information on standardization work in the pipeline
  • First-line advice through consultation of appropriate experts via e-mail
  • Updated brochures and material relevant to SMEs
  • Training for SMEs which wish to understand more and contribute to European standardization
  • Conferences and events of interest to SMEs
 
For more information - sme.cencenelec.eu
 
 
 
Web-site of the European standardization organizations CEN/CENELEC intended to support the interaction of the national standardization bodies and SMEs
 
Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency
 
Executive Agency Bulgarian Accreditation Service
 

 

What is SMALL BUSINESS STANDARDS (SBS)?
 
Small Business Standards (SBS) is as an international non-profit organization. The SBS team is made up of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Builders Confederation (EBC) staff members, and an SBS project manager, who coordinates the association’s work. SBS members are national and European sectoral and inter-professional associations representing SMEs all over Europe. The membership is thus open to all associations matching these criteria.
The SBS mission is to represent and defend SME interests in the standardisation process at European and international level. Moreover, it aims at raising SME awareness about the benefits of standards and at encouraging them to get involved in the standardisation process. To reach these goals, SBS has appointed 17 experts so far to take part in the work of CEN-CENELEC and ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) Technical Committees so as to directly contribute to the creation of standards.
The experts will monitor that standards are SME-friendly and will therefore promote a better adaptation of standards to fit SME needs. SBS will also, through its members, put forward SME point of views in all relevant Fora, Working Groups and platforms shaping the standardisation system. Moreover, SBS will consult and keep its members informed about Internal Market policies related to standardisation issues affecting SMEs.
The due application of standards in business models will give entrepreneurs several advantages, such as enlarging the potential market for products, lowering transaction costs, reducing external effects (e.g. environmental impact), improving management systems, and more.
Morw information about SBS: www.ueapme.com/spip.php?rubrique220
 
 
Publications:
 
CEN-CENELEC Guide 17 “Guidance for writing standards taking into account micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) needs”
 
SMEs and standards: Guide to the European standardization process
 
Standardization for SMEs: Building on the benefits
 
10 good things for SMEs to benefit by ISO standards
 

ISO 9001:2015 for small enterprises – What to do

The new edition of the ISO handbook „ISO 9001:2015 for small enterprises – What to do” is available on CD in Bulgarian language. The new edition contains texts from БДС EN ISO 9001:2015 and СД ISO/TS 9002:2016. The handbook is written in understandable language and with numerous examples from a wide range of sectors. It provides small and medium enterprises with guidance on understanding and implementing effectively the standard ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems – Requirements. Buy

ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental management systems - A practical guide for SMEs

ISO 14001 – Environmental management systems – A practical guide for SMEs has been updated to take into account the latest edition of the standard, published in 2015. It is targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises and aims to provide practical assistance for the implementation of the environmental management system in accordance with the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.

The publication is available on CD in pdf format. Buy

"BDS Compass" Magazine – issue 1/2014. It's topic is "Standardization and SME".

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"BDS Compass" Magazine – issue 2/2011. It's topic is "The use of standards".

ISO edition - ISO/IEC 27001 for Small Businesses - Practical advice

More information - here

 
Your inquiries can be sent to the following contact address:
 
Violeta Yordanova
Information centre in the field of standardization
Bulgarian Institute for Standardization
13 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Izgrev Complex, 1797 Sofia
tel.: (+3592) 81 74 552
fax: (+3592) 87 35 597
14 May 2014