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Northern Powerhouse European Union

Make it Lean - Food and Drink

Date: 14th February 2023
Location: Trafford Park
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Theme: Operational efficiency


There are three elements to the Make it Lean programme all with a part to play in your Lean thinking:

  • Lean Tools and Techniques
  • The process of identifying, prioritising and implementing Lean improvement projects
  • Measuring project benefits and linking them to business benefits – Quality, Cost and Delivery.

Lean thinking is about identifying and taking the next improvement step. 

The Make it Lean course is that step.

The course is focused on developing problem solvers in organisations: everybody solving the right problems every day.

The course will provide:

  • The tools of problem solving.
  • The mechanism to ensure that problem solving is aligned to business growth: lower costs, better quality, delighted customers – quantified benefits from quantified opportunities.
  • The coaching habits and routines to empower and engage others in continuous improvement.

 Bio of Deliverer 

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 having previously worked as a Manufacturing Advisory Service Advisor and has undertaken Lean transformations in automotive, aerospace, food and textile manufacturing companies.  

He has also trained Six Sigma Greenbelts, and specialises in understanding and controlling variation and risk within the manufacturing process.


The event on 14th February is preceded by a short self-audit and review with a specialist Manufacturing Advisor to identify a target condition, a next actionable step and areas of focus for the workshop. After the workshop there is a follow up session to refine these actions with a focus on barriers and quantifiable what do you expect to happen.


Time / Duration


09.30 – 12.00

What is Lean Thinking?  Why is it relevant to a Maker’s business? 

Everybody solving the right problems every day to improve quality, cost and delivery – delighting the customer.

12.00 – 12.30

Lean Tools and Techniques

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.00

Lean Tools and Techniques

14.00 – 16.00

Lego Game Simulation

16.00 – 16.30

Summary and Q&A



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:

Greater Manchester Clients Only

Business 2 business - Business 2 consumer businesses are ineligible due to ERDF guidelines

SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees

Annual Turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro

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