Across the West Midlands we meet with clients who ask us whether ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 is the standard to get accredited to first. Generally, we feel that ISO 9001 makes sense as the first standard, as it helps to embed a quality ethos and a good approach to management systems, audit and review. Exceptions are where there may be a sector specific reason to go for ISO 14001, perhaps forestry, arboriculture or environmental consultancies.
Of course, both may be the best answer. This allows scores to be maximised in PQQ and tendering exercises. We recently had a forestry client in Birmingham decide on both, an obvious choice for that sector.