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THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUSINESS PLAN – Lead Auditor Adrian Cornish

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUSINESS PLAN – Lead Auditor Adrian Cornish


Well my name is Adrian Cornish and I’m a lead
auditor, lead assessor, I’ve been with the company for just about two years now. I
came to Australia from the USA and before that from the UK and I’ve audited
all around the world so lots of experiences as a lead Assessor. For Best
Practice I do the quality the environmental and the health and safety
standards certifications for those standards. The thing that I like best
about the work I do is the variety of industries and the variety of
technologies and the variety of types of companies that I go to. I don’t really
have one favourite, my background really is in chemicals and plastics but here in
the Sydney area there’s not a lot of manufacturing so I don’t go to many of
those companies and every day it’s a new challenge you know when you go into
audit companies that do life-saving or there might be legal practices or
architects or something like that then you know every every day something new.
Yeah the best advice I could give for a company that’s just embarking on
certification is not to get frightened by it because it does seem a lot of
words but basically use common sense and keep it simple. You know there’s a small
company with limited resources you know you’ve got to be very careful how you
spend your money and don’t go crazy you know try and find the best pathway to
getting certified because it really is worth it you know adds value to the
business I’ve seen some companies where I’ve gone back six or twelve months
later that have been really excited because they put the work in they’ve got
the certification in place and from that some really nice contracts have
come. There was one company that I went to the 21 years believe it or not and
obviously saw them change a lot and often you see a company that starts off
as a small, almost start up company and then as time goes by they get bigger you know you see the changes you see the new people you see them grow you can
sort of gear your approach to the type of company that they’ve become and how
they grown so that’s something that I enjoy very much. So much starts from a
business plan you know it’s important to have a
business plan because once you get your thoughts down in a structure way in a
document then in terms of business management then you can identify the
issues that the business plan raises you can identify the risks and opportunities
from the business plan you can identify the interested parties and what you need
to do to meet their expectations so it’s really a very basic document which is
very powerful and is a starting point. Hello I’m Adrian Cornish and I’m a
lead Assessor for Best Practice.

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