Welcome & About John Lane - and John Lane Business Consulting

 

Thank you for visiting

 

I provide INEXPENSIVE, INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE:

  • Documentation
  • Regulatory & Technical Compliance support
  • Preparation advice

for You, your Third Party Accreditations, Certifications, Approvals and your Client's or Customer's requirements

  • to ISO, EN and British Standards

including BESPOKE or Off-the-Shelf, Flowcharted or Written:

  • QUALITY (ISO9001)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL (ISO14001)
  • HEALTH & SAFETY (ISO45001)
  • and Other ISO / EN / BS compliant Management Systems

in short timescales with minimum effort

and Internal Audit / Compliance Evaluation services - Guaranteed to achieve UKAS accredited & Other Approvals 

 

If you run any kind of business - e.g. Manufacturing, Construction, Facilities / Building Maintenance, including Manned or Electronic Security or other types of business or service

 

e.g. as diverse as Commercial Tanker (ocean-going ship) Broking, Portable Incinerator Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and assembly or Scientific Instrument sales and Calibration Services - on a planned or ad-hoc basis...

 

...then I can also provide the Compliance e.g. Quality Assurance Management, Environmental Management (or through my Associate Trevor Walker, the Health & Safety Management) documentation that your Clients may demand so that you can gain Supplier Approval and start work on time.

 

Once you have won your Approval, then I can help with preparation for, and on-site support with 3rd Party assessments / inspections / audits and compliance with a very diverse range of statutory and regulatory requirements.

 

I serve organisations throughout the UK and the Irish Republic while also helping my home based community in Sudbury, Suffolk and the wider East Anglian region including Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire taking in, but not exclusively, Norwich, Lowestoft, Harwich, Colchester, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Braintree, Haverhill, Cambridge, Peterborough, Hertford, Hatfield, St. Albans, Welwyn, Clacton, Basildon and Southend and the bordering Enfield and East London Boroughs.  Many of my longer established clients relate geographically to my previous home / office bases in West Drayton, near Heathrow and in Harefield, near Watford and Uxbridge.

 

Distance is usually no object, subject to common sense in terms of recovery of costs for the necessary excess travelling time and associated travel / accommodation and subsistence.

 

In the Health and Safety field, I am supported by Trevor Walker, AIIRSM (Hertford, Hertfordshire based) - my Health and Safety specialist.  If your needs are SOLELY related to Health and Safety then please feel free to contact Trevor and to contract with him DIRECT - his contact details are given on the Contact Us page.

 

Please note that I am NOT a Barrister or Solicitor or Financial Advisor or an Insurance Broker or an Accountant or an Agent for any of these or for 3rd Party Certification / Accreditation Bodies but I AM listed as having a successful track record in a number of compliance areas and in a number of industries, with a number of UKAS accredited certification bodies and have been so since the 1990s.

 

About me and my Associates

 

I am a management services professional.  This means that I practice in industrial engineering, work study / organisation and methods, quality, environmental (and with my Associate, Trevor Walker's help - health and safety) management.

 

My professional background began in manufacturing and then moved on to engineering, warehousing & distribution, retail - applying my skills in industrial and production engineering, manufacturing (small / single batch) project management in FMCG, productivity and management services - and later, to quality, environmental, health, safety and general compliance management.

 

I have also been an employer and I have managed employed and contract staff engaged by smaller businesses throughout my career - and so, I have first-hand understanding and experience of many of the issues befalling an employer. 

 

I am home based in Sudbury, Suffolk - very near to Colchester, Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich - having been formerly twin-based at West Drayton near Heathrow and Harefield, near Uxbridge, Middlesex.

 

Trevor Walker (AIIRSM) has been with me since January 2007 - having been friends since childhood.  Trevor now operates independently from / of me (and has done since 1st January, 2019) so that we are now close Associates rathe than employer / employee, as was the case since 2007.

 

  • Trevor's core service is to provide common-sense health and safety advice and documentation support including responding to clients' PQQs and completing submissions and renewals for 3rd pary schemes including CHAS, SafeContractor, Contractor Plus, Builders Profile, EXOR, SafeTCert, etc..

 

Trevor's skills and mine are complementary and mutually supportive - providing clients with a depth and breadth of business and management knowledge and experience that could be difficult to match by any other, single, consultant.

 

Trevor and I have both worked on the 'shop floor' in production / manufacturing.

 

In my early career, I worked in technical, supervisory and drawing office environments - in the furniture making trade, as well as holding  production management positions in both formally Trade Unionised and non-Trade Union working situations.


I was formally trained in sales and sales management by a national industrial engineering and management services consulting and training group, and was then promoted from the role of self-employed field / contract Practitioner to an employed Regional Operations Manager, responsible to the Regional Director, for the development of the business in my assigned geographic areas and industry sectors through increased sales and by increasing the size of the region's customer base.  This new position also required the selection and recruitment of new field based practitioners, the management of field operations and project management of some of the consultancy work undertaken by the company.


In the 1990s, I began working as an independent contractor and then consultant, having formed my own business, initially providing industrial engineering and quality management services to a wide range of very large, medium and very small businesses in a wide variety of industries and with and UK Govt. / public authorities.

 

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