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Productivity – SMEs Making Slow Progress

I do find it interesting in reading reports on UK Productivity and the SME focus on how there are a lot of SMEs making slow progress in this arena. If we step back, which some reports have eluded to… the SME government funded programmes have always been…

Best Times to Post to LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook 2019

Most Marketers, Business Owners, Social Media Associates are always trying to find the magical time to post on each platform, unfortunately there is no magical time, there is no cheat, no silver bullet. It depends on your ideal audience, industry, products/services, content, consistency (always be mindful of…

BullS*^t Sales Tactics – Don’t Do it!

I was stood at Exhibition Floor Layout today trying to find a particular company I had arranged to meet, I began to notice and listen to the conversation of 3 Sales People next to me, they seemed to be from the same company or team (I’m assuming…

Make It Ugly!

Expose the Problem for What it is – Waste, Cost, In-Efficiency Always find it interesting how we accept things in our manufacturing processes, we’ve highlighted it as an issue so many times, but it hasn’t been resolved or it has always been like that. Example, we are…

OEE Update

Lately I’ve been asked to comment and give talks on OEE and the missed opportunities within Manufacturing, I include Logistics with this as well, under the OLE measure (Overall Logistics Effectiveness), so decided to do an update. (Original article ‘Click Here‘) OEE as I’ve previously stated is…

Business Funding

It can be a pain in understanding what funding is out there for businesses, so we have collated all the schemes and programmes currently covering English Postcodes and we’ll be keeping this up to date moving forward. The image below is an example of the detail we…

£1.5m Order Lost – Growth Mindset

An SME Manufacturer £8m turnover, LOST an order worth £1.5 Million to a competitor that didn’t even manufacture, just outsourced. Due to their continuous learning, performance and mindset of not concentrating on what to shrink, but rather concentrating on what to grow they had no issues in…

The Lean Bug!

Whatever you think of when you see the words “Lean Manufacturing” or “Lean Thinking” you cannot get away from the fact it is a set of business principles, which, when applied, deliver exceptional results. Over my career, I have seen the impact and benefit that Lean Manufacturing…

Miss that moment – and you start to decline.

“There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline.” – Andy Gove My personal view and experience is that it’s more…