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    The aim of this site is to share knowledge, resources and experience with others who are keen to increase performance through continuous improvement. At KPS we work with businesses enabling them to grow and improve productivity whilst developing their individuals and teams.

    Our team of highly experienced specialists provide a broad range of Business Development, Marketing and Operational expertise.

  • Online Lean Benchmarking

    Benchmarking orgnanizations in a similar industry or sector, provides a focus for improvement and can give a business that vital competitive edge.

    This web based self assessment tool identifies current strengths and improvement targets across seven Lean competencies.

    The personalised report provides a detailed gap analysis as well as a series of key recommendations and actions required to take your organisation to the next level.

  • Online Sales Benchmarking

    Benchmarking orgnanizations in a similar industry or sector, provides a focus for improvement and can give a business that vital competitive edge.

    This web based self assessment tool identifies current strengths and improvement targets across seven Lean competencies.

    The personalised report provides a detailed gap analysis as well as a series of key recommendations and actions required to take your organisation to the next level.

  • Lean Benchmarking

    Do you need to reduce lead times, increase 'right first time' quality performance or improve productivity and bottom line profits?

    Organisations that develop Lean systems are more competitive and increase their profitability in spite of tough market conditions.

    This on site assessment carried out by a seasoned Lean practitioner benchmarks performance against businesses in a similar industry or sector.

  • Skills Coaching

    How are you developing the potential leaders within your business?

    Skills Coaching enables an organisation to tap into hidden capabilities, motivate key individuals and grow potential leaders.

    Through a series of monthly one to one sessions we work through nine recognised leadership competencies. The coaching sessions are designed to develop the necessary skills required in order to deliver the stated business objectives.

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‘I have worked with Mark over the last 18 months on a variety of Change projects.  In that time, he has clearly and consistently demonstrated all the key attributes I would expect from a Business Improvement Consultant.  Moreover, his fresh approach not only easily engages people in change, but also enables them to take ownership at a […]

Download the free PDF here. What is Benchmarking? The real juicy information on how and why sales performance will improve comes just after this section, but if you want a more detailed explanation of benchmarking and best practice take a quick look at my ‘What is benchmarking and why bother’ blog. If you’re sticking around, […]

NHS trust benefits from Lean Benchmarking


As the turbulent economic and political environment continues, organisations across many industry sectors are faced with fierce competition, shrinking operational budgets and reduced profit margins. The public sector too has been tasked to deliver greater value for tax payers, with the governments spending review in October 2010 stating that departmental budgets will be cut by […]

Lean tools and other useful stuff


Download Lean Tools and Templates Famous quotes from Lean Gurus    Lean Jargon Buster      5S Audit template Lean Benchmarking    Mapping data capture templates Reports FREE sample Lean Benchmark Report UK Manufacturing Outlook December 2011 (EEF & BDO) UK Manufacturing Outlook September 2011 (EEF & BDO) Achieving excellence in production supply August 2011 (PWC)  Economic Prospects 2010 (EEF) The […]

Identifying suppliers that consistently meet our Quality, Cost and Delivery expectations can be a real challenge. Is there a simple formula for supplier selection, or is it okay to rely on our intuition and gut feel? Click here to Benchmark your suppliers Lean performance, it takes just 15 minutes (Sample Report) Here are my top 5 tips for […]

Waste Goggles – are you wearing yours?


In these times of austerity, it seems to me that some business leaders in the service sector who favour ‘slash and burn’ cost cutting measures are short sighted and would do well to reach for a set of Waste Goggles first. Many operational leaders don’t really appreciate what waste (or ‘Muda’ using the Lean jargon) […]

What is Benchmarking and why bother?


Benchmarking is a systematic process for identifying and implementing best practice – or in simple terms it is about learning from the experiences of others. Comparing performance with organisations in either similar or dissimilar sectors enables individuals and teams to develop improvement plans and adapt specific best practices, usually with the aim of increasing some […]

Lean Chicken or Egg?


The age old question – how to get started with lean? It’s a bit like Chicken or Egg…should we just try a few lean tools first and see how we get on, or begin with a clearly defined lean strategy and implementation plan. Some business gurus insist that lean is not a set of ‘tools and techniques’ […]

“There were a number of benefits to our organisation; this gave us independent feedback on the status of our lean implementation, it also allowed us to compare and  highlight strengths and weaknesses with others in the lean community and analyse our current status. The gap analysis offered useful suggestions for improvement projects. The assessment also focused […]

Lean Performance – how well are you doing?


This web based tool offers  a FREE trial and an opportunity to assess your current Lean performance. The Advanced version provides a unique LeanBenchmark™ report (Sample Report) enabling organisations to target scarce resources, improve productivity and reduce costs. Benefits of Lean Benchmarking: Identifies competitive threats Provides a complete picture of Lean performance Highlights improvement priorities Ensures effective targeting of resources Overcomes barriers to growth Improves […]







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