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Complaints & Compliments 
Policy and Procedure

1 Our Aim

Business Advisory Centre Limited is committed to providing a quality service and working

in an open and accountable way that builds trust and respect. One of the ways in

which we can continue to improve our service is by listening and responding to the

views of our clients and stakeholders, and in particular by responding positively to

complaints, and by putting mistakes right.

Therefore we aim to ensure that:

• making a compliment or complaint is as easy as possible

• we welcome compliments, feedback and suggestions

• we treat a complaint as a clear expression of dissatisfaction with our service

which calls for an immediate response

• we deal with it promptly, politely and, when appropriate, confidentially

• we respond in the right way - for example, with an explanation, or an apology

where we have got things wrong, or information on any action taken etc.

• we learn from complaints, use them to improve our service, and review

annually our complaints policy and procedures

We recognise that many concerns will be raised informally, and dealt with quickly.

Our aims are to:

• resolve informal concerns quickly

• keep matters low-key

• enable mediation between the complainant and the individual to whom the

complaint has been referred

This policy ensures that we welcome compliments and provide guidelines for dealing

with complaints from members of the public about our services, facilities, staff and

volunteers.

2. Definitions

A compliment is an expression of satisfaction about the standard of service we

provide.

[Date policy adopted: 08th January 2018] [Date policy last reviewed: 01st August 2022  ]

A complaint is defined as any expression of dissatisfaction, however, it is expressed.

This would include complaints expressed face to face, via a phone call, in writing, via

email or any other method. All staff should have sufficient knowledge to be able to

identify an “expression of dissatisfaction” even when the word “complain” or

“complaint” is not used.

3. Purpose

We are always glad to hear from people who are satisfied with the services we offer.

All compliments are recorded, acknowledged, and a copy is sent to the relevant

service manager to provide feedback to the member of staff or service.

4. Complaints

The formal complaints procedure is intended to ensure that all complaints are

handled fairly, consistently and wherever possible resolved to the complainant's

satisfaction.

5. Responsibilities

Business Advisory Centre Limited’s responsibility will be to:

• acknowledge the formal complaint in writing;

• respond within a stated period of time;

• deal reasonably and sensitively with the complaint; and

• take action where appropriate.

A complainant's responsibility is to:

• bring their complaint, in writing, to Business Advisory Centre Limited’s attention

normally within 8 weeks of the issue arising;

• raise concerns promptly and directly with a member of staff in Business Advisory Centre Limited;

• explain the problem as clearly and as fully as possible, including any action

taken to date;

• Allow Business Advisory Centre Limited a reasonable time to deal with the matter,

and

• recognise that some circumstances may be beyond Business Advisory Centre Limited’s control.

[Date policy adopted: 08th January 2018] [Date policy last reviewed: 01st August 2022  ]

6. Confidentiality:

Except in exceptional circumstances, every attempt will be made to ensure that both

the complainant and Business Advisory Centre Limited maintain confidentiality. However

the circumstances giving rise to the complaint may be such that it may not be

possible to maintain confidentiality (with each complaint judged on its own facts).

Should this be the case, the situation will be explained to the complainant.

7. Complaints Procedure:

Written records must be made by Business Advisory Centre Limited at each stage of the

procedure.

Stage 1

In the first instance, staff member(s) must establish the seriousness of the complaint.

An informal approach is appropriate when it can be achieved. But if concerns cannot

be satisfactorily resolved informally, then the formal complaints procedure should be

followed.

Stage 2

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the member of the public should be

advised that a formal complaint may be made and the following procedure should be

explained to them. It may sometimes be appropriate for a different member of staff,

preferably a member of the Management Team, to make this explanation.

a) A formal complaint can be made either verbally or in writing. If in writing the

attached form should be used. If verbally, a statement should be taken by a

member of the Management Team, staff member or a supervisor.

b) In all cases, the complaint must be passed on to Customer Services Team. In the

event of a complaint about the Customer Service Team the complaint should be

passed to the Leadership Team, and if the complaint is about the

Leadership team this must be passed on to the Managing Director.

c) The Customer Service team or Leadership team, depending on the

nature of the complaint, must acknowledge the complaint in writing within one

week of receiving it.

d) One of the above will investigate the complaint. Any conclusions reached

should be discussed with the staff member involved and their Line Manager.

e) The person making the complaint will receive a response based on the

investigation within four weeks of the complaint being received. If this is not

possible then a letter must be sent explaining why.

Stage 3

[Date policy adopted: 08th January 2018] [Date policy last reviewed: 01st August 2022  ]

a) If the complainant is not satisfied with the above decision then a company director will review.

b) The sub-group will examine the complaint and may wish to carry out further

interviews, examine files / notes. They will respond within four weeks in

writing. Their decision will be final.

[Date policy adopted: 08th January 2018] [Date policy last reviewed: 01st August 2022  ]

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