Birmingham-based firm Wiredforideas – www.wiredforideas.com – is one of the first six companies in the country to be graded in the latest segment of the Accredit UK Standard.
This new segment, the second to be launched, recognises companies for designing, developing and testing software to the highest level of excellence.
Wiredforideas, which is based in St Paul’s Square, has developed a sophisticated version of an online company suggestion box, which allows all employees and even partners and customers to contribute ideas on how an organisation can be improved.
Wiredforideas’ product Elicio asks for ideas, collects them and then manages the evaluation and implementation processes to keep all parties happy.
The company is planning to use the Accredit UK standard to help grow its business.
By completing the Accredit UK standard, Wiredrorideas has been recognised as providing an honest, reliable and efficient service.
Wiredforideas was among only six Midlands companies to notch up the accolade.
The brains behind the company used to operate British Telecom’s ‘BTideas’ suggestion scheme and span out of the organisation in 2001 to form Wiredforideas. BTideas won many major awards including the UK Idea of the Year. It was also noted as being one of the most successful ideas schemes in the UK with £310 million saved or generated over a three year period – representing a huge return on investment that does not take into account all the other non-financial benefits.
Roger Crombleholme, director at Wiredforideas, views Accredit UK as an invaluable addition to the IT industry, and one which will help all aspects of the company’s operation. He said: “We think it as vitally important that our clients, usually large organisations, see us as being a professional quality based business to deal with. They also need to have confidence in us as we are by comparison such a small organisation and we feel that this accreditation will enhance our standing.
“However being small also has its advantages of potentially being more nimble, have greater enthusiasm, more passion for the job and better customer focus.”
The Accredit UK assessor said: ”The company has a rigorous approach to software product design and development. This means they are constantly innovating their software products. The result is that they regularly exceed customer expectations.” Vaughan Shayler, programme director for Accredit UK, said: “By using the Accredit UK standard, Wiredforideas is helping to make it easier for purchasers to feel confident to buy services from technology companies.
“Ninety four per cent of people that we surveyed think that the Accredit UK standard is a good idea. That is because it solves their burning need – they can now get what they want without fear.”
Accredit UK is a quality mark that promotes trust in IT and helps suppliers prove their excellence.