Startup companies can cut their expenditure on getting internationally certified through Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe’s) fully sponsored consultancy programme — which was introduced in September last year.
Under the said programme, firms would only have to pay for their own auditing fees as DARe will bear the costs of bringing in consultants who will be tasked to detect business gaps that needs to be filled and improved over six months.
The appointed consultants will then provide the necessary advice and measures for participating businesses to take, in order to meet the requirements set through the international certification guidelines.
Participants under the fully sponsored programme can also apply for a separate scheme – the Co-matching grant – which awards entrepreneurs with funds not exceeding $20,000 either to start a business or to expand existing operations.
Both facilities were introduced by DARe to give local businesses more access to international certifications, as it would help boost clients’ confidence and allow them to be more competitive overseas.
In Brunei, the common certifications applied by companies include the International Standard Organisation (ISO) certificate, the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certificate.
The ISO certificate is commonly applied by companies as it reflect their capabilities of setting up an effective management system, organised operations and quality customer services.
GMP, on the other hand, is a set of requirements to be met by manufactures to ensure that their products are consistent and of quality; while HACCP gave more highlights towards food security and control, ensuring that any consumables produced are safe.
DARe recently held a briefing session at its headquarters in the Design & Technology Building at Kg Anggerek Desa to further explain to businesses the benefits of both schemes.
The briefing which saw participation from more than 30 businesses was conducted by two executive officers from DARe Syazwana Wan Ali and Ak Ahmad Najib.
Those who are interested to apply for DARe’s Standard Consultancy Programme can visit its website for further information.
Waqiuddin Rajak | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN