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SME Portal launched by standards authority

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SME Portal launched by standards authority

SME Portal launched by standards authority

Patricia Callan, director, SFA, Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI and Minister John Perry TD

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has launched a new online resource, The SME Portal, to enable small firms to research standards relevant to their industry.

Minister for Small Business John Perry TD said at the launch that many SMEs might mistakenly believe that standards are for ‘big business’ only.

“In fact, SMEs too can benefit from the use of standards, which open the door to export markets, create growth and reduce business risks. The NSAI SME Portal is a straightforward way for SMEs to take full advantage of standards, to source relevant standards easily and to access all the information they need quickly and simply.”

Maurice Buckley, CEO NSAI, said one of the most valuable aspects of the portal is that it enables SMEs to gain access to over 1,000 international standards working groups, where they can influence key industry decisions about their industry and thereby give themselves a real competitive advantage.

“Indeed Dr.Chris Horn, formerly of Iona Technologies, puts the success of this 1990s start-up in large part to making the most of participation in an industry standardisation committee,” he noted.

“He advocates using standards as a business development strategy and points out that  working with standards organisations can give you very valuable market intelligence about the strategy and status of your competitors, and of your potential customers.”

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