To all owners and managers of small businesses based in the UK who want to improve the productivity and DOUBLE the profitability of their company, a warm welcome from your business productivity architect, Alan Jackson of The Better Business Bureau Ltd...
I'm guessing that the reason you're here is because you're frustrated that your business is under-performing. You've recognised that you need to find a better way of working and to make operational changes that will unlock the hidden profit potential of your business. I can say with some certainty that you are in the right place!
I am a small business architect with specific expertise in business analysis and business process improvement for small businesses. Click here to find out what productivity means to me!
As the outlook for demand growth continues to look dim and the prices of raw materials and energy climb ever upwards, as a small businesses you have experienced intense pressure on your profit margins, even your very survival. For this reason, operating efficiency improvement needs to feature prominently in your business strategies for the coming economic cycle.
Tightening inventories, reducing waste, shortening lead times, being generally more efficient and making the most of the what demand is out there are good medicine that will help lay the foundation for renewed growth in better times. According to a survey report from The Economist Intelligence Unit ("Streamlining Operations - Discrete Manufacturers Pursue Improved Efficiency", 2008):
My experience is that most small businesses are trying to "ride out" the recession rather than "relentlessy pursuing efficiency improvements". If you are overlooking opportunities for productivity improvement that are just waiting to be found and released, I can be the catalyst that helps your business to make more profit and generate more cash flow from these hidden opportunities. PLUS - you will NOT be charged until I understand the scope and nature of your problems and we have agreed a set of objectives, an outline programme and a start point.
"Executives of discrete manufacturing firms—as of all midsize manufacturers in our survey group—have nevertheless made clear that the improvement of operating efficiency is central to achievement of both their revenue and profit growth objectives. Boosting operational efficiency may be of only marginal help in seeking to replace lost demand in a downturn. But by relentlessly pursuing efficiency improvement, and embedding a culture of continuous improvement,
midsize manufacturers will position themselves well for renewed growth when conditions improve."
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