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Manufacturing Champions 2023 Programme

Date: 23rd February - 11th May 2023
Location: Face to Face
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Theme: Business Strategy, Operational efficiency

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Are you made for manufacturing?

Now through a combination of visits to good practice sites, expert speakers in Lean thinking, and peer learning, the BGH Manufacturing Team is presenting you and your organisation with an opportunity to demonstrate that you too could be Made for Manufacturing in 2023 – A Manufacturing Champion.

This programme is for Business Leaders, Manufacturing Leaders, Improvement Leaders.


Objectives of the programme – the characteristics of a Made for Manufacturing organisation:

• To be a results driven company that has measurable targets for Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD), taking quantifiable actions to address shortfalls. Identifying a next step.

• A Lean Thinking organisation – everybody empowered to solve problems every day to deliver QCD improvements.

• To have a network of fellow Made for Manufacturing alumni who share your passion for doing and your passion for learning.

• Never losing sight that the people who determine if you are Made for Manufacturing are your customers. Your profitability and future prosperity depend on them.


The Manufacturing Champions Programme will begin on the 23rd of February 2023. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form or contact Nick Brandwood, Programme Manager on or 07718 301 235 to discuss the programme.

Day 1 (09:00 - 16:00) - 23/02/2023

Lean Thinking – It is Not Just About Global Car Companies. Delivering and Sustaining the Quality, Cost, Delivery Benefits of Lean Thinking in Manufacturing SMEs.

Day 2 (09:00 - 12:00) - 27/04/2023

Maximising Productivity / Towards Manufacturing Excellence. Observing Good Practice in a Manufacturing SME: Understanding the Challenges and Mindset of Continuous Improvement.

Day 3 (09:30 - 13:00) - 11/05/2023

Leadership – Developing a Culture to Engage and Empower Your People. Everybody Solving Problems Every Day.

This programme is led by Nick Brandwood. Nick 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.


Our Workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Fund.
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
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

Where is it?

This event takes place in different venues located in Greater Manchester.

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