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There are so many accreditations, certifications, stamps of approval and various acronyms used in company marketing material, that for a buyer, it’s hard to understand which ones your suppliers should have to deliver your brand’s messaging effectively. There are ones that address quality, ones for environmental management systems and ones for safety… and recently we’ve been audited for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS EN 1090 and are pleased to announce we have passed another year with flying colours!

But as a signage partner…do we need them and more importantly, what are the implications to companies using suppliers without them!


BS EN 1090

We are proud to say we were one of the first signage suppliers in the UK to understand the importance of achieving BS EN 1090 accreditation for fabricated steel work.

We believe that achieving this standard gives our clients peace of mind that our fabrication work with steel in-house is carefully and meticulously managed with safety in mind.

According to 1090Register.com there are a number of significant risks being taken by customers using suppliers who aren’t 1090 compliant and there are indications that there are 7,000+ suppliers that are illegally trading without this accreditation.

The piece of legislation that became law in 2014 focuses on fabricated steel structures designed to be load bearing and permanent, which is therefore appropriate in our own industry for the construction of totems and large scale building signage. Even though it has been the law now for several years, and mandatory for manufacturers to have the BS EN 1090 accreditation when constructing with steel, there are still some suppliers who aren’t covered…and therefore neither are their clients.


The consequences of using suppliers without this accreditation for the manufacture of steel structures could include:

  • Breach of Building Regulations and NHBS requirements
  • Refusal of building insurance
  • Breach of contract with client
  • Withdrawal of ISO 9001 for major non-conformance
  • Contractual disputes
  • Prosecution and associated damage to your brand