New face of specialist assurance

Robert Morgan, chairman of Acoura Robert Morgan, chairman of Acoura

A new face of specialist agriculture and fisheries assurance, Acoura, has been launched in Scotland in a bid to maintain the country’s place within international certification.

Acoura, which was formerly known as Certus Compliance Group, consists of two companies – SFQC and Food Certification International (FCI). It has been designed to deliver new benefits to customers using technology and innovation.

“For a long time the certification industry has been dominated by former government owned players with a very different costs of capital to Acoura, often with a legacy of governmental support but, despite the unlevel playing field, Acoura is now demonstrating how it will help Scottish businesses to thrive,” said Robert Morgan, chairman of Acoura.

As part of Acoura, SFQC and FCI say their specialist assurance credentials for the agriculture, processing, aquaculture, environmental and fisheries sectors will be enhanced. They will focus in particular on the online offering and ease of use for customers.

“We want to take the best practice learned here to the international marketplace. Working together under Acoura whilst maintaining their individual specialism’s, SFQC and FCI will now work more closely together to ensure that services and level of customer support is paramount,” Mr Morgan explained.

He added: “One key focus is that our rebranding signals the launch of more customer friendly websites and allows us to improve our services and IT platforms designed to assist with scheme compliance and robust traceability across the supply chain.”

The new Acoura website is due to go live on Friday 7 June 2013.

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