Operational Improvement & Efficiency – Implementing LEAN thinking (Chesterf...

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Tapton Park Innovation Centre

Brimington Road


S41 0TZ

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This MasterClass discusses the problems and challenges to be overcome when implementing LEAN thinking and improving efficiency.

We begin by discussing the learning that delegates have taken from the “LEAN review” of their organisations conducted after MasterClass 2.

Implementation techniques, including Rapid Experiment Techniques will be discussed and reviewed for applicability in different situations.

We will then discuss the common problems that organisations experience when trying to use LEAN and when looking to introduce a culture of continuous improvement. Delegates will be shown tips on how to overcome resistance.

Finally, methods of measuring improvement, including costs will be discussed.

Session Content

The Masterclass will look at:

  • Review their LEAN findings from their own organisation
  • Learn about implementation and Rapid Experiments
  • Discuss the barriers to LEAN implementation
  • Understand the importance of continuous improvement (Check – Plan – Do)
  • Learn how to monitor costs and cost improvement in a LEAN environment

What are the benefits to my business?

The business will benefit from staff developing an understanding of LEAN thinking that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Delegates will leave the MasterClass with ideas for efficiency improvement that can be applied and shared across the organisation.

Who is the masterclass for?

This Masterclass is for all growing SMEs within the Sheffield City Region, as long as the below eligibility criteria is met.

This MasterClass is aimed at delegates with a wide range of experience, from beginner to expert.

Anybody in the organisation can benefit, from Directors who wish to learn more about a technique that can help their organisation, to Managers who plan to improve efficiency or staff who will be charged with implementing LEAN thinking. The group discussions and examples used will provide good opportunities for all levels of experience to be shared.

It is suitable for those who want to learn the principles of improving operational efficiency through LEAN thinking but will also benefit those who want to deepen their knowledge of the techniques.

Who is leading it?

The session will be led by Richard Coombes worked as a Production Director, a Sales and Marketing Director and as Chief Executive of manufacturing businesses before coming to consultancy. This wide-ranging, multi-functional experience enables him to work successfully in all areas of an organisation and across all business sectors. He founded and developed Ltd from scratch, building an organisation with experienced staff and establishing a brand name with a good reputation for over delivery, problem solving, cost reduction and profitability improvement.

His primary expertise is in leading organisations or programmes requiring major transformation, change or turnaround and with his consulting clients, he has successfully utilised these skills in Situation Analysis, organisational change, programme management, performance management, process and product costing and the introduction of Lean Systems through Business Process Redesign.


Only one registration per business via Eventbrite will be confirmed. If additional people from your business would like to attend, they can be added to a waiting list by emailing with the business name, name of additional attendee and contact telephone number. If this Masterclass isn’t fully subscribed upon the closure of registrations, we will contact you to offer the additional place. The waiting list will be prioritised on a first come first served basis. Businesses that register more than one attendee via Eventbrite will be contacted and asked to nominate one person to attend.

This masterclass is open to small and medium-sized enterprises based in the Sheffield City Region. If you are unsure whether you fall into this region you can use the postcode checker here: A part of your busiuness must be based in one of the following districts:

Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire. Rotherham or Sheffield.

To find out if your business meets the definition for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), please visit:

Please note that if your firm that is part of a larger Group you may need to include staff headcount, turnover, balance sheet data for the Group too, to ascertain whether it is eligible.

We are pleased to be able to provide this masterclass free of charge due to funding from the European Regional Development Fund. There are a number of eligibility criteria for attendees which we will check using the online registration questions and in a phone call to every attendee prior to the event.


Q/ How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

A/ Email

Q/ What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A/ Priority parking for disabled visitors. The Innovation Centre is easily reached by car and is 1 mile away from the Chesterfield rail station.

Q/ How accessible is the venue?

A/ Full disabled access

Q/ I would like to bring a colleague, is this ok?

A/ No, only one attendee per company is permitted.

Q/ Will refreshments be provided?

A/ Tea and Coffee will be proivided throughout the masterclass

This event will be delivered by the ‘Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project’ that is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The project, for high-growth businesses in the Sheffield City Region, aims to increase their competitiveness and so help them grow and prosper.

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