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New partnership with Kaizen Impact Coaching

Updated: Jan 11

Manufacturers Network Practitioners
Productivity and Capability Programme (PaCE)

The Manufacturers Network has joined forces with Kaizen Impact Coaching to deliver a

new productivity improvement programme.


The Productivity and Capability Energiser Programme (PaCE) is designed to help manufacturing firms make efficient gains and significantly reduce operating costs.


The new partnership provides manufacturing leaders and their management teams with 15

days of intensive targeted support from two specialist coaches over five months.

It is designed to help them improve manufacturing productivity by optimising processes, maximising value, standardising work and strengthening leadership.


Participants will build capability and make improvements using proven Kaizen techniques, including value stream mapping, process observation and practical problem-solving. They

will also attain the Lean Competency System (LCS) accreditation from Cardiff University.

Chris Merriman, Associate Director of Practitioner Services at the Manufacturers Network,

explains: “Our new programme affords manufacturing leaders and managers time they

never usually get to take a step back from their business and analyse where productivity,

processes and workflow can be improved.


“More importantly, they get to work with a highly effective specialist Kaizen coaching team

on identifying opportunities to increase productivity and reduce costs.


“Participants attend for three days each month to receive intensive coaching, which includes

improving workflow and identifying activities to achieve the highest return on investment

and longer-term financial benefits.


“They then have the chance to start applying identified improvements and benchmarking

progress at the end of the programme."


Barry Williams from Kaizen Impact Coaching, who has worked for global manufacturers

such as Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Airbus adds: “Over the five months, we

deliver each step in individual blocks, with the pace set to deliver the most significant learning potential.


“Our purpose is to deliver high-impact improvement in a scalable, high-value, easy-to

follow an approach that can be used forever.


“We'll be working with the manufacturers to build their capability to see things differently,

use facts and data to understand where and how they can improve.


“We’ll provide them with everything they need to make sustainable improvements in

targeted areas. They will develop wider knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to deliver

improvement across their business. The benefits and potential of the approach are huge,

and so too the value.”


By working with other manufacturing firms during the programme, the aim is that

participants will also benefit by growing their networks, sharing best practices, and

encouraging more collaborative ways of working.

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