Covid 19 and General Update

Hi all

Well it has been a long hard slog since March since we went into lock down, it has had a massive impact upon business as it has been personally, but at least it seems we are coming out of the other side of it now.

I'm well prepared for my visits to customers, I have invested in a face mask just in case I need to wear one and have washed my hands more times than I can care to remember, I feel that the 'washing your hands' aspect is especially important, especially if I have been out to the supermarket or other such places.

Covid 19 is a terrible disease and my thoughts are with those who have suffered and died, the families left behind and the devastation that diseases bring in general. Humanity deserves some luck in my opinion, hopefully as we continue to battle it covid will eventually be minimised to such an extent that it does not have such devastating effects on our families. Let's all keep battling away and hopefully this nasty disease will retreat. From a personal point of view it's about me doing my bit to stop the potential spread to others by social distancing and meeting online wherever possible.

I don't know about you but I've also decided to eat better in light of this pandemic, eating more fruit and veg and just generally trying to be healthier, I've given up drinking alcohol for a bit, nearly one month now and I do feel better for it.

I've made some good progress on my website though, I've changed it considerably since lock down with the introduction of an ISO help page, that clients can come on and ask their questions about anything ISO! I've also made a new newsletter, a 12 page report on the biggest mistakes one can make with ISO Standards and have also designed an online consultancy page, where we can all use modern technology and meet online via Google Meets video conferencing. The Google Meets Video platform is a free service given to us by Google, you only have to have a Google account, which is free and you can use the service both professionally and personally.

On a personal note I have found Google to be very helpful in business, their My Business page supports a great deal of information, you can put your website details on it, your operating hours, what you do, where you are, reviews, small posts and more, it has been a godsend during this period and I particularly like the blogging aspect to it, very helpful to keep people in the know and again it is free, I just can't thank them enough. If you are in business you can take advantage of their services and get your business recognised. Using Google's tools also helps with Search Engine Optimisation, it is a constant battle to try and get higher up the rankings on organic searches, using the tools available to us helps us to do better and be better.

Best regards, stay safe and well


Steven Burgess is an ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 Consultant to companies in the UK and also a Data Protection Officer for Disclosure Services Limited, a company that process data relating to criminal record checks.