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Strive & Thrive - The Lean Business

Date: 7th February 2023
Location: Online - Zoom
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Theme: Operational efficiency, Sustainability

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A Lean business is one that maximises value and minimises waste by focusing almost exclusively on the needs of its customers. Typically associated with manufacturing, Lean thinking is becoming increasingly popular across other sectors as more and more businesses prioritise cost reduction in today’s challenging economic environment.

How to Become a Lean Business

Part of the #HereForBusiness campaign, our Strive & Thrive online workshop on ‘The Lean Business’ aims to help business owners in Greater Manchester understand Lean concepts and how to apply them to their business.

Subjects covered include:

  • How to recognise the different types of waste in any business
  • Common tools you 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
  • The definition of a learning business
  • How to maintain quality when cutting costs
  • Why people management can be the key to profitability

Industry Experts

Participants will benefit from insights provided by an experienced industry expert:

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.


09:30-09:35: Introductions , aims and objectives of the session

09:35-09:45: What is Lean thinking? It's not just about making cars

09:45-10:00: Identifying your customers delighters

10:00-10:30: Eliminating non value added activity - see waste, eliminate waste, keep waste out

10:30-11:00: Engaging empowerment - everybody solving problems everyday

11:00 Q&A / Close

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