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Welcome to the first edition of LeanMatters™ a quarterly newsletter for professionals who are keen to expand their Lean knowledge, access latest economic trends and discover innovative approaches to best practice.

 

MANUFACTURING

Innovation

A research report entitled ‘The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing’ published by Boston Consulting Group describes the most effective tools for promoting and sustaining Innovation. The study which ranks the top 20 countries also identifies the key drivers for effective innovation highlighting four key factors; Idea generation, Structured Processes, Leadership and a skilled workforce. Read more

LEAN

Starting your Lean journey

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’ but a core part of any organisations’ strategy. Read more

Lean in the Healthcare – it can work!

Day-Case teams across two hospitals worked together to assess the current value stream, identify non value added activity then rationalise into one coherent future state process. In addition to this process rationalisation, other teams implemented 5s within the wards, theatres, prep rooms, Anesthetic areas, clinical stores and equipment washrooms. Read more

BENCHMARKING

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 aspect of performance. Read more

ECONOMONIC NEWS

The Shape of British Industry

The UK Manufacturing sector is poised to fill growth gap. British manufacturing is poised to fill the growth gap as the public sector plays a smaller role in the economy. It is well placed to respond to the Prime Minister’s call to ‘create and innovate; invest and grow’ according to a major report and survey of 300 companies published today. Read More

Latest Economic Reports
UK Economy      EU Economy      World Bank Reports       OECD Outlook

 

 

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