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Lean Office & Management Training

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Despite the inflationary pressures and ups and downs of the wider UK economy, UK manufacturing has continued to grow both in terms of outputs and productivity. Indeed in recent observations the most resilient manufacturing firms will be those exporting. This in a sector often more linked with exporting jobs not products!

Can service organisations and office departments learn from the manufacturing firms and departments? learn the continuous improvement techniques that have made these firms more efficient, more productive and more resilient?

learn how to

  • increase the capacity of their departments,
  • get through work faster,
  • reduce errors and
  • positively impact cash flow!

Can service organisations learn how to get more out of their current resources? How can non-manufacturing departments support the shop floor improvement initiatives?

Lean thinking techniques which have been prevalent in UK manufacturing for many years have been translated and applied in offices, distribution and retail environments by many companies including Tesco, Zara, HMRC, Starbucks etc so these continuous improvement techniques can be applied outside of manufacturing to departments such as marketing, sales, accounting, hr and they deliver results in the form of Lean Office and Lean Management.

It gets better in the UK if you’re in Yorkshire or Humberside, not only can you learn the techniques but you can get 50% towards the investment in training. There are no restrictions on sectors, business size or turnover, you must be privately funded though. (Public sector organisations and those outside the Yorkshire & Humber region can complete the course and get the qualifications but the funding is NOT available to them)

The training runs to a total of 24 hours of training (3 days or 6 half days) + a work based project and leads to a qualification for the attendees and the course is overseen by Leeds University Business School and MAS Yorkshire & Humberside.

The article Lean Office, Lean Management Training – Yorkshire and Humberside details the specific offer and how to get the training course (3 days, 6 half days etc) for an investment of just £750 per attendee.

Courses can be tailored to the specific needs of a company if it wishes to put a number of staff through a course.

The Lean Office course is one of  9 continuous improvement courses that follow a similar framework, 3 days of training, work based project and qualification via Leeds University Business School and Manufacturing Advisory Service through their Manufacturing Masters programme and they can all be funded.

Getting the Order out

In the last year UK Manufacturing grew productivity by 5.7% (source EEF),this means that many manufacturing companies will be

  1. better at getting products and orders out on time – that end of day or Friday afternoon last minute chasing of jobs is reduced,
  2. increasing the margins and profitability of their business,
  3. improving the quality of what they send out,
  4. starting to sleep better at night knowing that they can pay bills when they come due. 

So just a couple of thoughts?

  • Have your team (managers and staff) delivered similar improvements? more products and orders out on time, increased profits, better quality,  and confidence that the business current account can pay the bills!
  • Are you getting better returns, every year, from the same levels of investment in people, machinery, raw materials?

If not, how could that be? remember 5.7% is an average, so some companies will have gained much more than this and the cash that goes along with it*

If you haven’t had such gains,

  • Do you and your teams have the time to look for productivity improvements or does the day to day get in the way?
  • Do you think your teams know where to look for productivity improvements?
  • Are they too close to the work to give you an objective assessment of what could be improved?
  • Would you like to get to the answers (& the cash, the improved performance it brings) quickly?

If you’re a manufacturing business owner or a manager who’d like to find out whether you could be getting better returns for your investment and improve your productivity there is a FREE scheme that can help you find out.

A FREE scheme? well it’s the Manufacturing Advisory Service which is one of the few business schemes which has survived the Government cuts.

What do you get for FREE then? you get to meet with an experienced manufacturing professional, normally at your own premises, so no travel involved, who will

  • listen to what you want to achieve, what you need to achieve to keep customers onside
  • understand the challenges you face (cash flow, quality, skills, etc)
  • appreciate how the experience, expertise and skills you already have can be built upon

from that they will be able to decide whether they can help and IF they can they will provide the names of accredited companies, with the relevant skills in Lean Manufacturing, ISO 9001, ERP, Product Design etc who can help you to improve your productivity.

Nearly forgot to mention the £6,000 FREE investment for productivity work. If you decide to invest in productivity projects, with an accredited supplier, then you could get up to £6,000 towards the costs.

Lots of paperwork? hoops to jump through? not normally, your advisors can help you with the small amount of paperwork to be filled in.

Do you qualify? Do you employ less than 250 employees? have a turnover less than 50M euros? see most companies will qualify.

ResQ currently complete work for MAS in Lean Manufacturing across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Humberside, Yorkshire ( East, West, North and South ).

If you’re in these areas and you’d like to know more about MAS then give us a call (01904 277 007 or 0115 711 7007) and we can see if we can help.

Outside of the areas above then go to the MAS website and give them a call.

Two companies that achieved much more than 5.7% are detailed below.

Case Study 1 – Lean Manufacturing FMCG, Warehousing & Distribution Company gains 14% Productivity increase.

Case Study 2 – Lean Manufacturing Printing Company gains 40% more capacity.

* the two companies in the case studies above gained 14% & 40% improvement by using Lean Manufacturing and Thinking techniques, we completed the work for them via the MAS scheme. 

This time next year you could be confident that customer orders are being

  • delivered on time,
  • delivering increasing profits,
  • safe in the knowledge that your business can pay its own way!

Oh and you may find you’ll be making 5%,10%,15% even 40% more this time next year!

£6,000 of Business Improvement – FREE!

Despite the daily feed of cuts and budget reductions, there is still one source of funding for business improvement available to businesses in the UK.

Manufacturing businesses can access up to £6,000 worth of FREE business improvement work.

So who is eligible?

  • turnover less than 50m Euros?
  • less than 250 employed?

Then you should meet the criteria. Design and distribute from the UK but get items manufactured elsewhere? this is okay to.

If you’re based in the East Midlands (Northampton to Lincoln, Skegness to Burton) or Yorkshire & Humberside (Worksop to Kirbymoorside, Flamborough Head to Halifax) then give us a call and we can help you access this help.

The best advice?  if you’re in the East Midlands or Yorkshire & Humberside is to give us a call, 07712 669396, or drop us a line info@resqmr.co.uk and we’ll see if we can help you.

We offer a FREE one day consultation, where we work out exactly how much this investment could return.

So who have we helped? FMCG companies, small batch producers, furniture manufacturers, electrical panel producers, fabrication companies, printing companies, joinery manufacturers etc 

We’ll take you through all the paperwork to get at the funds (there aren’t too many papers and most businesses can find the information required easily.)

This match funding comes via the Manufacturing Advisory Service. This is the national scheme, administered on a regional basis, which can help your business to develop and grow.

Give us a call and we’ll see if your business can get £6,000 towards finding the hidden improvements to increase profits and customer satisfaction!!

Mark

www.resqmr.co.uk

www.twitter.com/theleanmanager

Help for UK Manufacturers!

In manufacturing, ever heard of BERR? Well what about MAS? No? okay Solutions for Business?

Well if you’re a manufacturer then MAS is the one you want, the Manufacturing Advisory Service. This is the national scheme, administered on a regional basis, which can help your business to develop and grow.

MAS can offer you free advice and even substantial grants towards improving efficiency, quality, delivery times, reducing costs, reducing carbon footprint etc.

Visit the national MAS website and you’ll find a ton of case studies, events & news all related to the manufacturing sector.

ResQ are business improvement suppliers to MAS in both the Yorkshire & Humberside and East Midlands regions and you can get support for improvement projects, where 50% of our costs can be met by the MAS funding.

Does it apply to you? well there are rules; normally a manufacturer has to have less than 250 employees and turnover less than 50m euros, but these are only guidelines. In some regions even if you outsource all the production you can still qualify.

The best advice, if you’re in the East Midlands or Yorkshire & Humberside is to give us a call, 07712 669396, or drop us a line info@resqmr.co.uk and we’ll see if we can help you.

If you’re elsewhere find the number of your local MAS office and call them, they’ll tell you what is available and put you in touch with the right people to get 2010 off to a flying start!

How do you find your local MAS number?

Go to the MAS website and click on your region on the map of the British Isles and go to your regional homepage and have look there as to how your region are operating and get the number and give them a call.

Remember many MAS advisors are like ourselves, people with experience of improvement techniques in manufacturing and other sectors who now spend their time helping other businesses to improve.

Mark

www.resqmr.co.uk

www.twitter.com/theleanmanager