Jeremy Praud, Managing Director of LI Europe was delighted to present The Tulip Team from King’s Lynn with The Site Team of the Year Award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.

Rachel Baldwin, VP – HR, who attended the event with Tulip’s nominees, said: “It was a great night for Tulip and I was extremely proud of our people and business.

“It was a great achievement for King’s Lynn to win Site Team of the Year after the team there successfully delivered a transformation programme which improved yields, efficiency and wastage, while embedding a culture of continuous improvement to make it a truly world class centre of excellence for sliced cooked meats. It is very rare for the same organisation to win the same award two years in succession, and with Redruth having clinched the award last year for their own turnaround story, King’s Lynn’s award shows what a remarkable job the team have done.”

We would also like to congratulate Deli Solutions for acheiving Highly Commended in the same category.

Over 1500 delegates are already booked to attend The Brand Yorkshire Busienss Conference on 3 October 2019  at The Pavilions, Harrogate.

Hear Jeremy Praud speaking about how to improve manufacturing productivity – Click here to see what Jeremy has to say

Find out about how the latest tech is making the capture and reporting of shop floor waste data easier and more affordable than ever before Fluid IT – COG FINAL

Visit our stand, No. 4,  to find out more and pick up some manufacturing improvement tips.

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Catch Jeremy Praud speaking at The Brand Yorkshire Conference, 3 October 2019

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Congratulations to Bradbury

Bradbury Group is the nation’s leading supplier of steel doors and physical security solutions.

In 2018, they moved their production to a new state of the art facility in Scunthorpe which would reduce end to end production time to 4 hours.

They asked us to work with them to understand how their manufacturing process could be improved in order to meet an increasing customer demand.

We initially spent some time working alongside the production teams at the coalface, making changes to production flows, introducing short interval control and making improvements to the daily production meeting.
Over a 2-month period, results improved from 50 doors per day to an average of 80 doors per day.
One particularly productive day, they hit 100 doors, so the MD rewarded everyone with a steak lunch he cooked himself.
Once the initial improvement work was complete, we conducted an OPEN audit to understand what the business needed to do to sustain improvement.

One of the key areas was the need for the internal production teams to learn some improvement tools and techniques that they could take back to their place of work to make a difference.

To enable this, Bradbury committed 11 of their production team to undertake training for the Lean Sigma FMCG Yellow Belt.

This 6-module programme provides delegates with the key tools and techniques needed to make a fast impact to any factory.

We take them through tools such as Constraint Theory, Problem Solving, SMED, 7 Wastes and Lean Thinking. However, being trained isn’t enough to become a Yellow Belt – it is what you do with the knowledge you have gained. This is why we ask every delegate to demonstrate their involvement in a project to which they have directly contributed and made a demonstrable improvement to their workplace.

Six months from the start of the training, the team submitted their projects to us and their Production Director for verification and sign off.

All 11 members submitted fantastic projects that had made a real difference to their factories and it gave me great pleasure to present each of them with their Yellow Belt Certificates in May.

The majority of this team became part of a 5S team to drive workplace organisation in their areas to reduce waste and improve productivity. Four members of the team are now completing training for their Lean Sigma FMCG Green Belt. It is fair to say that Bradbury Group has the continuous improvement bug and are on the path to excellence.

Would you like to gain a qualification? – click here

Tesco’s Future Farmers Workshop


At the start of June, we had the great pleasure, alongside Weetabix, of working with 20 Tesco’s Future Famers for a one day Lean Workshop.

Remember building with Stickle Bricks as a child? The Future Farmers spent the morning replicating a production line assembling stickle bricks to meet customer demand, delivering a good quality product, on time, to a very discerning customer.

Two very competitive teams took on the challenge, and from the off they showed great enthusiasm, energy and volume. Despite this, both teams failed to deliver even one good product on time to their very patient customer, with both teams making a heavy financial loss.

The good news is that the game is designed to encourage continuous improvement. I am pleased to say that both teams made small incremental changes resulting in delivery of the required good quality product to the customer and recovery of all of their financial losses. By the end of the game, they had both made a decent cumulative profit, their ‘factories’ were more streamlined, the noise levels had dropped, and the individuals felt that they weren’t working as hard as they had to at the start. If only every production line were like this.

The true beauty of the game is that, by the end, each participant can identify examples of each of the 7 Wastes even though they may never have heard of the 7 Wastes beforehand.

The afternoon gave the Future Farmers the opportunity to see production and continuous improvement in action. Kindly hosted by Weetabix, they followed the production process of the iconic brand from grain to box.

The day culminated in group discussions on how the learnings from the day could be applied directly within their own farms.

Only 47 days left for entries to the next Food Excellence Awards

Food Excellence Awards

The awards showcase the best of UK Food Manufacturing, and have been running for 18 years.  This time the Awards have moved to the Spring, so there is more time to get your submission ready this year.  See you there!