Accreditations & Affiliations
Guild of Architectural Ironmongery
Strand Hardware is a member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI.) The GAI is the only trade body in the United Kingdom solely dedicated to promoting the interests of the whole Architectural Ironmongery industry, Architectural Ironmongers themselves, and the manufacturers and wholesalers of Architectural Ironmongery products.
As members of the GAI we are provided with internationally recognised education programmes, technical advice and support, publications and networking opportunities. At the core of the Guild’s activities is its highly respected educational programme, providing a three year diploma tailored to educate people in all areas of ironmongery. Several of our team are diploma holders and others will soon be studying for the qualification.
Quality Management System ISO9001
Quality is core to our business and our Quality Management System is certified to ISO 9001. As a business we need to implement effective and efficient systems to maintain the highest quality standards and ensure that our customers can always rely on products and services supplied by Strand Hardware. We have been ISO 9001 registered since 1997. This means that our quality system is independently audited and certified and continually improved.
Stoves Made in Britain
To support UK manufacturing we are members of the national Stoves 'Made in Britain' campaign. Launched in 2011, this campaign raises consumer awareness and promotes products which have been manufactured and produced in the UK through the illustration of the Made in Britain marque. You will be able to identify which of our products have been manufactured in the UK on both our website and product catalogues through the use of the logo.
WMG Innovative Solution: Warwick University
For several years we have been working with WMG innovative solutions who are dedicated to improving the competiveness of organisations. We have been involved in exploiting new technology, developing new systems and new product development. Together we have been looking at the strategic needs of Strand Hardware as we develop the business to constantly improve the service we provide to our customers.
Black Country Chamber of Commerce
As members of our local Black Country Chamber of Commerce we receive support and advice on a range of business issues. We work with our fellow members to support the local economy and to lobby local and national government to promote the manufacturing sector in this region and across the United Kingdom.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme is targeted at small businesses and social enterprises with clear ambitions to grow. The Programme’s goal is to provide participants with tools and resources to help them lay the foundation for long term sustainable growth and job creation in their business. Catherine Franks our Managing Director is a successful graduate of the programme beating off strong competition to be one of the first twenty five companies from across the Midlands to be selected to take part.