BARBADIAN MANUFACTURER RETRAINS STAFF FOR GLOBAL CERTIFICATION

Harris Paints has scored another first in the Caribbean. The 41 year old organisation has recently been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 multi-site certification which covers 5 business units and 14 retail stores around the Caribbean. The 5 business units operate in Barbados (where the company originated) Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica and St. Lucia.

(PERSONAL FILE IMAGE) This award comes after a full year of preparation, with the Company working to achieve the certification.  CEO Ian Kenyon explained how the process was executed "What we had to do was to completely assess all of our operations throughout the Harris Group and realign them in accordance with the ISO 9001:2008 standards and comply with those standards for design, development, manufacture, distribution and retail of paints and paint related products.  It was hard work but the dedicated team at Harris throughout the region really pulled out the stops to achieve this.  It really is a major accomplishment for us" he added, as it means that the Harris Group of Companies is operating on an international level with regard to its quality standards.

(PERSONAL FILE IMAGE) This award comes after a full year of preparation, with the Company working to achieve the certification. CEO Ian Kenyon explained how the process was executed “What we had to do was to completely assess all of our operations throughout the Harris Group and realign them in accordance with the ISO 9001:2008 standards and comply with those standards for design, development, manufacture, distribution and retail of paints and paint related products. It was hard work but the dedicated team at Harris throughout the region really pulled out the stops to achieve this. It really is a major accomplishment for us.” he added, since it means the Harris Group of Companies is operating on an international level with regard to its quality standards.

The certification included extensive training for all employees, as well as internal audits in all areas of the business. It is expected that the certification will now lead to increased efficiencies in the Harris Paints system. Through the certification, there are now new databases that have been created making it easier to monitor and act on any issues region-wide quickly. It has also generated improved communication within the group.

“It really is about the staff and the dedication of a small team because we achieved this at the same time that we were developing our revolutionary new product Ulttima Plus which is now available on the market.” stated CEO Kenyon.

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