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Northern Powerhouse European Union

Strive & Thrive - The Lean Business

Date: 13th December 2022
Location: Online - Zoom
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Theme: Operational efficiency, Sustainability


This programme will demonstrate that Lean thinking isn't just for manufacturers, it is for all organisations keen to engage everybody in solving problems every day.

A Lean organisation is an organisation that listens closely to the voice of the customer and eliminates all activities, effort and cost that aren't valued by the customer. Every organisation is motivated to reduce costs now, with a desire to engage everybody solving that problem every day.

Lean thinking provides a process for that problem solving, identifying what the customer values and systematically eliminating the non value added activity and the associated cost.  Lean isn't just for making cars, it's for you and your cost reduction too.


How to recognise the different types of waste in any business.

Common tools we can use to take the cost out of a business.

Understanding what a value stream is and how this can be used to improve processes

What a learning business is

How to maintain quality when cutting costs

Why people management can the be key to profitability.


Nick Brandwood - has over 20 years' experience of implementing Lean and overseeing Six Sigma Improvement projects. 

Originally employed as a graduate Polymer scientist he has subsequently been employed in technological, continuous improvement and senior line management roles in automotive, textiles and secure printing manufacturing organisations. 

Nick is very hands-on and likes to understand and analyse problems, questioning perceptions and speaking with data. He has significant experience in facilitating change and has undertaken Lean transformations in automotive, aerospace, food and textile manufacturing companies.  

He has also trained over 30 six sigma greenbelts, and specialises in understanding and controlling variation and risk within the manufacturing process.  

Most recently, Nick was employed as the Quality and OPEX manager in a secure print company – ensuring that the productivity, quality and process capability targets for the imminent £20 plastic banknote were achieved to the satisfaction of the client.

9.30am – 9.35am

Introduction, Aims & objectives of the session


9.35am – 10.00am

Overview and examples of lean businesses and how it has reduced cost and improved profitability

10.00am -11.00am

Key tools in cost reduction how they work and what results to expect.

11.00am – 11.15am

Comfort Break

11.15am – 12.15am

Key tools in cost reduction how they work and what results to expect.

12.15am – 12.30am




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