BSI Kitemark headquarters gets a £3million makeover

The first products to be tested in the Hemel Hempstead facilities (above) back in 1959 were motorcycle helmets
The first products to be tested in the Hemel Hempstead facilities (above) back in 1959 were motorcycle helmets

The Hemel Hempstead home of the testing facilities for BSI Kitemark is to get a £3million makeover.

a The headquarters will be boosted by state of the art techonology and enhanced facilities as part of the investment.

Since 1954 Kitemark House, home of the BSI Kitemark™, has stood strong as hundreds of thousands of products have gone through its doors to be tested to the highest level.

Those that meet the stringent requirements achieve the BSI Kitemark, which is one of Britain’s most important and recognised consumer quality marks.

As part of its continued commitment to the future of the Kitemark, BSI has completed an investment of more than £3 million in new advanced testing facilities right here in Hemel Hempstead.

Products from ladders and windows to safety helmets and respiratory equipment have been tested and are still assessed and Kitemarked today. Changes to standards and innovation in product design mean that the laboratories have developed to include new tests to enable manufacturers to bring products to market as quickly as possible.

The company has evolved considerbaly during its time in the town. From testing physical products such as riding hats, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, now the newest Kitemark schemes help consumers identify websites or apps they can trust and, help banking customers quickly and easily identify financial products to meet their needs.

Maureen Sumner Smith, UK managing director at BSI said the £3million investment demonstrates the firm’s on-going commitment to growth.

She said: “The majority of this multi-million pound investment has centred on installing state of the art 
technology and improving our facilities to allow customers to see for themselves the rigorous testing their products go through.

“The future of the BSI Kitemark is an exciting one.

“It has a long established history of reassuring consumers that products or services can be trusted.”