So if you are looking to improve your business, increase performance levels, develop your team, or tackle any of a number of issues that you might be facing, please give us a call or drop us a line on the contact page.
- Lean Manufacturing
- Productivity/Efficiency improvement (factory and office)
- Process Analysis and Process Improvement
- Business Strategy (development and implementation)
- Business Growth (planning and implementation)
- Factory Layout
- Team Building
- Team Leading
- Management Skills
- Personal Development
- Cost Reduction
- Waste Reduction
- Financial Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting
- Simple but Effective Management Systems (particularly for small manufacturers)
- Project Management (tools and techniques)
- Basic Employment (HR) and Health & Safety (H&S) requirements for small manufacturing businesses
Technology and Engineering
Further case studies will be uploaded shortly
Anila’s Authentic Sauces.
Development and Implementation of Growth Strategy
Anila’s Authentic Sauces make great tasting premium curry sauces, chutneys and pickles from natural ingredients at their factory in west London. Anila and her husband, Dan, have built the business up over the last 20 years, starting from Anila’s kitchen at home, and now supply major retailers, food halls, delicatessen, health food stores, and speciality food shops as well as having a thriving presence at farmer’s markets and speciality food shows.
Nigel was first involved with Anila’s in 2006 and 2007 when he and a Manufacturing Advisory Service colleague, Andy, worked on a couple of projects to maximise factory output and, at the same time, increase the amount of marketing publicity in food magazines as part of the company’s growth strategy. Nigel also introduced Anila to the London Metropolitan University who were able to provide expert technical advice for food manufacturers.
Towards the end of 2010 Anila re-engaged Nigel to provide mentoring support to further develop the company’s strategy for growth. This involved regular meetings throughout 2011 and into 2012, working out and implementing new strategies and initiatives to drive the business forward.
The business started benefiting almost immediately – with average monthly sales in 2011 increasing despite the general economic gloom. A number of initiatives have been started and are continuing. New regional distributors have been found and appointed. Several new retail outlets have been added to the growing list of stockists. And an apprentice sales and marketing assistant has now been appointed to help achieve further growth.
Overall the business has achieved significant and sustainable growth over the last five years and has plans in place to continue growing in the future.
Anila says: “We are delighted to be celebrating 20 years of making great sauces in 2012, and with Nigel’s help and advice we are continuing to raise our profile and build our brand.”
For further information on Anila’s Authentic Sauces visit www.anilassauces.com
Fashion Enter – The Factory
Fashion Enter is an organisation dedicated to supporting fashion designers and the broader fashion industry in the UK. In 2010 they set up ‘The Factory’ to manufacture clothing in London as part of a trend to plug the gap in UK production created by the move to overseas manufacturers over recent years.
The Factory, based in North London, has a capacity of 5000 garments per week and already has an impressive list of customers including the online retailer ASOS.
To attract these major buyers the company had to ensure that their management systems were effective and would stand up to the most rigorous inspections from large company auditors.
Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter’s Managing Director, asked Nigel to spend some time at The Factory to help the management team put in systems that would enable them to work efficiently and that would meet the exacting standards of the trade and ensure growth.
Output at the factory has grown rapidly since those early days and Jenny is already planning to move the business into larger premises. The systems that underpin that success have drawn praise from a number of people.
Jenny and her organisation are passionate about UK fashion, she says: “More and more buyers are looking at sourcing in the UK again. New, up and coming designers also need a healthy UK manufacturing base. At Fashion Enter we are offering high quality production at The Factory as well as sampling and short run production at our other facilities – The Workshop and The Fashion Studio. Nigel has been so helpful in making sure we do things the right way and meet all the criteria our demanding customers ask of us.”
For more information about Fashion Enter, The Factory please visit Fashion Capital