VARTAN secures ISO 9001:2015

VARTAN secures ISO 9001:2015

13.10.2021 | Risk management

Vartan secures ISO 9001:2015

Certification illustrates compliance specialist putting ‘their money where their mouth is’ and leading by example.

Risk compliance specialist VARTAN Consultancy, renowned for successfully guiding companies through a range of ISO qualifications, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management certification.

The global ISO 9001 Standard is a powerful business improvement tool, providing the framework and guidance for VARTAN to effectively establish conformity and customer satisfaction.

VARTAN Operations Manager, Corinne Robinson, spearheaded the quality management accreditation process, from its start in early April to its successful conclusion an impressive four months later. This attainment enables the company to streamline operations, improve efficiency and productivity while demonstrating the compliance specialist’s commitment to achieving quality across its policies and processes.

Corinne explained: In a rapidly growing company, working with customers such as Muntons and Anchor Freight, there is an inevitable demand to meet the highest expectations. The procedures we’ve implemented have given us a structure with clear metrics and opportunities for continued improvement. This certification is another clear illustration of our business leading by example.”

Founder and Managing Director of VARTAN, Miles Vartan summarised: The team’s commitment to go above and beyond to achieve ISO 9001:2001 was evident from the start. Our clients can be reassured that we offer the service that is required of us, while at the same time constantly meeting the exacting standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). We are very proud of the accreditation.”

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Corinne Robinson, Vartan Operations Manager

VARTAN Launches Compliance Expertise Podcast Series

VARTAN Launches Compliance Expertise Podcast Series

24.8.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN Launches Compliance Expertise Podcast Series

Miles Vartan gets behind the mic to talk all things compliance and risk management.

Drawing on its own expertise and that of expert guests, VARTAN’s new podcast series demystifies the complexities surrounding compliance and risk management and encourages all to join the conversation.

This week, compliance specialists VARTAN Consultancy launches the company’s The Compliance Experts Podcast series. Hosted by company Founder and Managing Director Miles Vartan, the series aims to demystify all aspects of compliance and make sense of legislation through discussion.

In the first episode, Miles offers a snapshot of what he and his expert guests will bring to this honest and straight-talking podcast series. He says: “We will be inviting experts to join the conversation and help iron out the confusion of compliance. As well as to dive into the legislative aspects that companies need to be cognisant of and develop ideas and tangible solutions to help us all manage the jungle of compliance and risk management.”

Dynamic in its approach, the monthly podcast series will also tackle the latest news and hot topics as they unfold. Miles continues: “The podcasts will be 45 minutes in length – long enough to benefit from the information imparted and short enough to create interest. In the first edition, I catch up with Neil Bird, our senior consultant and import and export expert here at VARTAN, to discuss the changes in legislation around Brexit’s import and export laws and their subsequent impact on businesses.”

Guests in the second and third editions of The Compliance Expert Podcast, which are available to listen to VARTAN’s website, include Jon Swallow, director of Jordon Freight (and authoritative Brexit industry commentator) and Laura Thomas, legal and QHSE director of Jackson Civil Engineering. She talks about the challenges of returning to the workplace, employee wellbeing, and adapting to the new environment.

The Compliance Experts Podcast is available to listen to now on podcast directories and via our website

Miles adds: “This is an exciting new venture for us here at VARTAN, and its success relies on people getting in touch and being involved. We are always looking at improving our positioning in the marketplace and making our knowledge more accessible. A conversation with Susanna Hornby of Suffolk-based led to our first three podcasts being published on our website, Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts and we’re looking forward to working with her and the team on future editions.”

Disclaimer: At the time of recording, the information in this podcast was deemed correct, BUT please note legislation, deadlines, and information can change daily – so please always check in with VARTAN Consultancy for up-to-the-minute information.

HMRC issues guidance on goods arriving in Britain without an import declaration (CIP 1)

HMRC issues guidance on goods arriving in Britain without an import declaration (CIP 1)

13.7.2021 | Risk Management

HMRC issues guidance on goods arriving in Britain without an import declaration (CIP 1)

Essential reading for anyone involved in the import of goods from the EU into the UK. 

Following guidance issued by HMRC on 6th July 2021, goods that have been imported into the UK since January 1st, 2021, for which no Full Frontier Declaration, Entry in Declarant’s Records (EIDR) or Simplified Declaration has been made, will have been imported into the UK non-compliantly.

HMRC has now issued guidance on how to proceed in these situations. The full text of the policy can be found here.

VARTAN expands team

VARTAN expands team

16.06.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN consultancy expands team

Double appointment for customs compliance, AEO and health and safety specialist.


VARTAN Consultancy has been busy recruiting over the last few weeks and is pleased to announce the appointments of Kevin Gostick and Josh Vartan.

Joining the team in the role of consultant, Kevin has worked directly for large logistics companies (including DHL Supply Chain, TNT, Eddie Stobart, and FedEx) and closely with shipping lines, hauliers, and freight forwarders. As manager of a large LLP, Kevin understands the complexity of the international supply chain and the importance of what lies at the heart of it – customers.

His valuable experience in logistics, control tower management, warehousing and contract management brings a wealth of knowledge to the VARTAN team.

Josh Vartan joins as a management trainee and is also studying for his BTEC Level 3 apprenticeship in business management.

Part of Josh’s apprenticeship will be related to customs clearance which is his current focus whilst training at VARTAN.
By combining the knowledge gained from day-to-day work at VARTAN with his apprenticeship course, Josh will be able to readily assist with requests from clients in relation to queries they may have with processes and procedures.

Miles Vartan says of both appointments: “With Kevin and Josh joining the team, we’re benefiting two-fold. Firstly, from the wealth of experience that Kevin brings from a career that has seen him work with the biggest logistics businesses, and we’re investing in the sector’s future by bringing on young and enthusiastic team members to take the industry forward.”

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VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through  operator compliance

VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through operator compliance

24.2.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through operator compliance

Critical areas of non-compliance identified.

With the additional complexities facing the logistics sector since leaving the EU, now more than ever is the time for hauliers and operators to ensure they are DVSA Operator Licence compliant.

VARTAN Consultancy helps clients ensure their operational compliance and reap the business benefits achieved by running vehicles efficiently and safely. 

Peter Bennett, VARTAN’s recently appointed Operator Licence Compliance Consultant, says: “Those companies that stay ahead of their obligations see a raft of benefits, not least peace of mind for the fleet/transport manager and the company’s directors.  Compliance can also help towards achieving DVSA earned recognition status and is a key enabler when it comes to obtaining accreditations such as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Fleet Operator Recognition (FORS) Bronze to Gold .”

Critical areas of non-compliance where defects are identified include*:

  • Brake systems
  • Condition of tyres
  • Service brake operation
  • Direction indicators and hazard warning lamps
  • Steering mechanism
  • Spray suppression
  • Suspension

Peter continues: “Whilst overall compliance breaches have reduced since 2013, it is concerning that data for 2019/2020 shows the highest level of tyre defects for HGV’s inspected at roadside and operator’s premises during the last seven years. Many of these defects should have been identified and repaired via a comprehensive daily walk-round check.

“Companies need to consider their operator’s licence as one of their most valuable assets, but unfortunately, the procedures and paperwork involved in keeping on top of things are often overlooked.” 

 VARTAN’s operator compliance service can be tailored to meet individual clients’ needs and includes an initial gap analysis, a thorough review of operational processes and procedures, business consultancy to optimise bottom-line performance, fixed price operator licence applications, tachograph analysis and virtual transport office support.

Peter adds: “If you think of operator compliance as ‘prevention is better than cure’, the benefits are self-evident, and most importantly it enables company directors to concentrate on looking after the safety and welfare of their employees whilst operating profitably.”

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VARTAN expands its compliance services

VARTAN expands its compliance services

9.2.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN expands its compliance services

Peter Bennett appointed Operator Licence Compliance Consultant with immediate effect.

Risk management specialist, VARTAN Consultancy, has appointed Peter Bennett to the role of Operator Licence Compliance Consultant with immediate effect.

Based in Vartan’s Felixstowe office, Peter’s responsibilities include operator licence and systems audits to determine the current level of compliance and to provide a comprehensive report and any recommendations.

Miles Vartan, Managing Director of VARTAN, says: “Peter joining the business is a considerable asset. We will be able to use his detailed knowledge as to how to manage fleets of LGVs both efficiently and safely. Our understanding of the benefits of improving company performance and looking after the health and safety of employees in relation to improving business performance will complement Peter’s abilities to support our ongoing development as a company. His previous 35 years’ experience as a transport manager, commercial vehicle dealer point manager and qualified motor engineer will prove invaluable to us and our customers as we grow and develop our compliance services.”

Peter Bennett comments: “The hard work begins once an operator’s licence is granted. We work with transport companies, transport/fleet managers and owner-drivers to manage their commitment to continuous compliance from operator licence applications and updates through to external transport manager provision.”

Miles concludes: “During these challenging times, it’s vital that vehicle operators remain compliant in the eyes of The Traffic Commissioner if they are to thrive. We can provide a mix of solutions to ensure they legally meet their Operator Licence promises and obligations.”

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