Galway’s Clada Group were nominated for a prestigious Q Mark for their Quality Management Systems (QMS ) at the National Q Mark Awards. This nomination means they are in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland.
The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100 per cent of their processes and procedures 100 per cent of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.
“We hold ourselves to the highest standards in everything and while we don’t work for recognition, we are thrilled when our work is recognised – thank you EIQA for the recognition with this year’s nomination,” said Gabriel Moran, Production Supervisor with Clada.
“We are over half a century in business, still operating as a family business in the West of Ireland, proud of our origins and our roots – and we love doing what we do.”
Over 500 people representing 135 companies attended the glitzy, black-tie ceremony at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin 4 when Master of Ceremonies was Chicago based keynote speaker, author and business humourist Conor Cunneen of Irishman Speaks. EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association ) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969.
They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE ) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q ).
Only businesses that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. Once shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document was then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few.
Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said to be nominated for The Q Mark Awards is an enormous achievement.
“Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business,” she said.