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Kitemark gets to 10

Following a slow start to the Kitemark scheme, the British Standards Institute (BSI) is continuing to work on raising awareness.

A spokesman says: “BSI is promoting the service through PR activities, partnerships and specifying organizations. We can also be found speaking at industry events and representing the Kitemark scheme at trade body meetings, consumer interest groups and with the media.”

The scheme, launched in September 2005, has so far accredited just 10 repair businesses.

“It is important to note that the Kitemark license can only be issued once BSI is satisfied that scheme requirements have been met and conformity of the standard has been established.

Businesses seeking successful first time applications will often need to spend time upgrading facilities, training staff and updating their procedures before they invite in our inspectors,” says the spokesman.

However, some garages are understood to be put off by the £745 annual subscription, which the BSI says covers administration and marketing support.

A recent Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) meeting decided that garages should seek assessment to PAS 80, even if they do not wish to pay to use the Kitemark.

The BSI remains upbeat. “We are delighted with the industry’s support for the Kitemark scheme, which reflects the time spent with industry experts and aftermarket specialists in getting the framework right,” says the spokesman.

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