Projects

Coronavirus: Protect your Supply Chain from Large-Scale Disruption

It’s been dominating the news – the Coronavirus. The disease that is becoming a global pandemic. Has it affected your business? If you work with suppliers from the Far East, that answer will be a resounding yes. In efforts to contain the disease China has enforced mass travel restrictions; people have been banned from leaving

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Backlog? How to Prioritise Orders.

As the years have gone by, it’s no longer good enough to have 60% on-time delivery with relatively long lead-times… customers’ expectations of response and supply are becoming more and more demanding. Customers want your products sooner and sooner; they want it on-time. This puts real pressure on production environments. There are times where you

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COVID-19: Ensure Your Business is Ready for Rebound

How to be the best for your customers as your customers come back. Many UK businesses are facing the same dilemma: sales are down. In order to protect themselves from the fact that the majority of their order book will have disappeared, or customers have gone away, businesses feel forced to cut costs. There is

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Delivering More Projects: Focus!

Deliver projects on-time, every time. Life is busy. There are a hundred and one things you need to get done in a day – so, what do you do? Tackle one thing at a time. The same should be true for your project department. Whether you work in software, pharmaceuticals, financial services, law or something

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Sales: What You Think is Selling is Not Selling!

How often do you step back and examine what your Salespeople are doing? The suggestion is not that your people are slacking! More than likely your Salespeople are hard-working individuals with the desire to do well – you wouldn’t have hired them if they weren’t. However, how much of their day is actually spent selling?

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Operating with Reduced Capacity: Maintaining Output

Following Government measures implementing social distancing in the UK, businesses have had to adapt to change at an unprecedented rate. One of the biggest challenges has been that workforces have been forced to spread out. These measures have been adhered to either by ensuring fewer people are physically at work (remote working), or by adding

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COVID-19: Dealing with Increased Demand – Quick!

These are uncertain times. Many businesses are suffering as a result of drastic, although necessary, Government measures which have seen the UK largely come to a standstill across most sectors. If your business is fortunate enough to be in demand, that can come with its own challenges – especially with the added pressure of a health crisis! People need your products/services quickly, and in

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Bottlenecks in Breweries: Don’t Run Dry!

Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Bottlenecks (no pun intended…) manifest in all businesses, and breweries are no exception. Most organisations have a difficult time identifying their bottleneck but if you work in a brewery, you should find it relatively easy. The brewing process is fairly simple: the collection of

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International Women’s Day 2020: Women in Manufacturing

Women, and girls, represent half of the world’s population and by extension, half of it’s potential. It has been proven that empowering women stimulates productivity and economic growth. And yet, it remains that in the manufacturing industry, women continue to constitute a clear minority. Women make up under 25% of the manufacturing industry’s labour force,

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Production Problems: Look for the Issue in Pre-Production

You have overdue orders. The shop floor is a mess. Overtime costs are too high. People are constantly screaming for urgent responses. You have production problems – right? Not always! The root of these problems might lie elsewhere, and you need to be able to identify the heart of the problem before you can take

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Improving Non-Bottlenecks: A Waste of Time and Money?

Direct your improvement initiatives toward the right areas If you’re looking to improve your business the first area that requires your attention is obviously the worst performing one. Except, it’s absolutely not; it should be your best performing. The machine or the department that is constantly busy and turning out a reasonably high output must

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