About Flintloque Management Systems

Flintloque Management Systems provides advice, consultancy and training in management. We’ve helped hundreds of people to manage their teams, departments and businesses to a level that meets the requirements of International Management System Standards. Flintloque covers many business sectors including: biotech, medtech, agrochemicals, software engineering, certified reference materials, DNA analysis, toxicology, cosmetics, microbiology, warehousing, cyber-security, building services and procurement.


Flintloque Management Systems is a privately owned UK company based in the North West of England. The Company was founded in 2005 by its
Managing Director and Principal Consultant, David Ashworth.

  • ISO 9001

    The International Standard ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular quality management system framework with over one million ……

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    ISO 44001

    This International Standard sets out guidance for establishing and managing robust and successful collaborative business ……

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  • ISO 13485

    Within the medical device sector, ISO 13485 is the management system of choice. The Standard takes the fundamental requirements ……

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    ISO/IEC 17025

    Organisations that aim to “set standards” in the fields of testing and calibration rather than simply reach them, use ……

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Managing for Survival: Helping YOU and YOUR business survive and thrive Kindle Edition

by David Ashworth (Author), Alan Gillies (Editor)


Running a business is hard.
Starting a new business from scratch and then running it is harder.
Starting a new business from scratch and then running it so that it survives beyond the first few years is hardest.
It is also a very brave decision.
Depending on which set of figures you look at, somewhere in the region of 25% to 35% of new start-up businesses fail within the first two years.


This book is aimed at people who are running businesses and want to still be running a business a few years from now. That includes everyone from those planning to start a new business through to those who have been through the initial set-up and are hoping to create a stable operation. From those that own the business through to those employed to run someone else’s operation.


This book will address at least some of the reasons that businesses fail by providing tools that’ll help you to manage your business, your people and your customers. The aim is to increase the chance that your business not only survives the early years, it positively thrives and continues successfully into the future. The main learning tool that we’ll use for this is the Management Steering Wheel, otherwise known as TINA, an acronym for Thinking, Implementing, Numbering and Analysing.

Latest blog posts…

Having fun with documents

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 By Dr Ashworth

I’ve recently been working with an organisation that is transitioning from the ISO 9001: 2008 quality management system to the new ISO 9001: 2015 version.  They asked for Flintloque’s help with this project as we’d helped implement their original m...
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Getting managers to lead

Friday, December 16th, 2016 By Dr Ashworth

Previously, I was explaining how I’d been working with MedTech Engineers Ltd (not the company’s real name), to solve a problem with their senior managers and their leadership behaviours, or rather the absence thereof.  The company is registered to bo...
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Latest events…

Regulations of Hazardous Substances Category 8: Medical Devices

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 By Dr Ashworth

Monday 27th February 08:30 - 10:30 The Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury Keynote Speaker: David Lovell, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Fancy a breakfast bap whilst catching up with the latest developments in the medical dev...
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Flintloque Collaboration Lunch

Friday, February 10th, 2017 By Dr Ashworth

Friday 24th March 11:30am - The Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury Keynote Speaker: Mike Shaw, Marks & Clerk  Flintloque is launching a series of bi-monthly lunchtime open discussion forums on best practices in business collaboration. The objec...
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...sufficient evidence available to demonstrate that the process considers the review, verification and validation of each stage of the project plan, testing as appropriate, to measure the functionality of the product to determine feasibility to the specification requirements.

Here are some of the comments that our customers have received from their assessment bodies after their accreditation/ certification to an International Standard. These are the opinions of bodies that have little or no awareness that Flintloque trained the personnel within the assessed organisations to implement an appropriate management system. As such these comments are entirely independent evaluations of the effectiveness of a Flintloque Management System.

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