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Get Lean / Get Fit for Business

Date: 19th July 2019
Location: Pilkington UK, Greengate works, Sherdley Road, St. Helens, Merseyside. WA9 5DZ
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Theme: Operational efficiency

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Lean concepts are powerful tools for increasing productivity and enabling your business to reach its growth and profit potential. However, the challenge is to adapt these powerful techniques so they remain relevant to small and medium sized-enterprises.

Tim McLean is a world leader in the successful implementation of Lean in small and medium-sized enterprises and the author of one of the most popular books on the subject – “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits”. Tim’s company TXM has worked with hundreds of SMEs in 16 countries including over 50 companies in the UK.


Delegates will learn:

  • Why achieving profitable growth is such a challenge for small and medium sized businesses.
  • Core Lean principles that will help you see opportunity in your businesses
  • Why a “big company solution” like Lean works so effectively in smaller businesses
  • The steps to successful Lean implementation in small and medium business
  • How to unlock your business’ growth potential

Why should I attend?

Participants will discuss how the issues above are relevant to their own businesses and develop a simple “One Page Plan” to address key issues. The workshop also features the airplane game, which is a great way for SMEs to understand key Lean concepts. It enables you to get practical hands on experience of how Lean can transform business performance.

Who should attend?

  • This event is aimed at business owners and senior leaders

*Please note that the workshop is exclusively for SME Manufacturing businesses.


Timothy McLean

Tim McLean has spent 30 years helping businesses improve their performance.Firstly, as an Operations Manager and General Manager in manufacturing operations and more recently as a Lean consultant, keynote speaker and author, Tim has improved supply chains around the world.

Tim’s books, “Grow your Factory, Grow Your Profits and “On Time In Full”, are published by renowned Lean publisher, Productivity Press and have made Tim a world recognised expert on implementing Lean in Smaller Organisations.


Tim Scurlock

Tim Scurlock had 20 years’ experience working extensively in the Automotive Industry in the UK, Europe and globally before moving in to consulting.

Tim’s career started in a market scheduling role in General Motors Vauxhall and since thenhas worked in both Manufacturing and Service industries, in driving efficiency, running Lean programmes and training teams of Lean Coaches.

Tim brings a broad range of Lean skills and experience to TXM, but in particular he has a deep understanding of implementing Lean in office and service environments


Best Lean Workshop out there

Nigel Johnson, Astropol Ltd

Make the time to go!

Pete Connor, Pure Fabs

Very interesting and a great “eye opener”. Our whole workforce would benefit from this type of workshop

Joe Greatbanks, Mettler Toledo Safeline

Please note:

Our workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Our workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Location: North West manufacturing clients
  • SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees and annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro 
  • Sector Restrictions may also apply


08:00 Registration, Networking and breakfast
08:30 Welcome and Introduction to the Manufacturing Growth Fund
08:35 Welcome from the Host, Neil Syder, Head of UK Operations, Pilkington UK
08:45 Business Introductions
09:00 Understanding the need for Lean in a Small and Medium sized enterprise
10:00 Introduction to Lean Concepts
11:00 Understanding Lean with a Lean Simulation
12:00 Develop the Lean Action Plan and 1-2-1 Clinic
12:30 Factory Tour
13:00 Event Close

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