Midlands–based lightweight casting specialist Sarginsons Industries has teamed up with OutForm Consulting to support its growth and enhance its client offering as part of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme.
Having secured an award of £268,000 from NMCL, the main aim of the programme is to boost the competitiveness of Sarginsons. Supported by OutForm Consulting, Sarginsons’ programme will engage employees across four work streams, which include setting the business direction, developing the capability to deliver the strategy, and developing operational capability to achieve quality and delivery improvements.
While only in the early stages of an 18-month programme, the partnership has already seen some fantastic early results including: the development of a product strategy for the next three to five years; revised NPI process from RFQ to Job 1 + 90 days; establishment of a new sales process which is already supporting the winning of new business contracts and value steam mapping exercises identifying operational improvements in the top 80 per cent of products by sales value.
Anthony Evans, managing director at Sarginsons, said: “We needed a partner that could hit the ground running, deliver operation improvement expectations and, crucially, who we had confidence we could work with and trust to help us deliver a step change in our business.
“We mobilised the programme in August and I’m delighted with the early successes we’ve had and the momentum we’ll carry into the new year as we solidify on our strategy for the next three to five years.”
Brian Thompson, partner at OutForm added: “It’s great to have been selected as the NMCL programme partner for Sarginsons.
“They are a special organisation who have an exciting future ahead of them and I’m delighted we’ll be able to play some small role in shaping that. Collectively the teams are working great together, using the programme structure to really challenge the ‘as-is’ and drive improvement across all aspects of the business which I have no doubt will increase their competitiveness and create new opportunities.”