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S A Partners 7 step guide to planning your SHINGO Journey
Shingo is a philosophy to frame and sustain your journey to enterprise excellence A common question we get asked about Shingo is "where do I start?" This 7 step guide breaks down the Shingo journey, from where you start to where you can strive to be  
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S A PARTNERS receives its 5th SHINGO Award
The latest publication by global consulting company S A PARTNERS has been awarded the coveted SHINGO Publication Award™.  TPM: A foundation of Operational Excellence has received exceptional reviews since it’s first release in 2020. The SHINGO Publication Award recognises and promotes writing that has had a significant impact and advances the body of knowledge regarding [...]
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GWAAC opens new shop in Yate Shopping Centre
Yate’s local air ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), has become the latest fixture in Yate’s Shopping Centre as they opened their new shop in North Walk. The new shop was opened in a small ceremony this morning with a few of the charity’s Patrons, including Countess Bathurst and former patient and Trustee, Robin [...]
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5 Steps to Enterprise Excellence Guide.
The Five Steps to Enterprise Excellence developed by S A Partners has successfully created over 200 roadmaps globally and has provided a framework for companies, across 20 different sectors, on their journey towards Enterprise excellence. This free booklet helps answer the following questions: What is Enterprise Excellence? How does the Enterprise Excellence model work? What [...]
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S A Partners team members complete the Managing & Promoting Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme
Members of the S A Partners Team have successfully completed the Royal College of Psychiatrists accredited programme – Managing & Promoting Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing as part of our continued professional development.  The training was provided by accredited trainer Stephne Puddy. The team deliver training, coach and mentor UK and international candidates on our [...]
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Continued Success of Virtual Training
Over the last two years we have delivered our popular White Belt training virtually, demand has undoubtedly increased in recent months as we all transition to a virtual world. There are some great benefits to virtual – flexibility, accessibility for remote teams and cost.  Whilst we still advocate face-to-face training we are seeing high levels [...]
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S A Partners join the European Mentoring & Coaching Council
S A Partners have a number of professional coaches amongst the Executive Leadership Team, Partners and Consulting community. Our coaching and mentoring services complement consulting and training on our Improvement Coach and Leadership programmes. We work with global leaders from shop floor, first line management up to executive level, in sectors as diverse as Defence, Aerospace, Utilities, Process, Food [...]
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Enterprise Excellence Podcast Series
In these podcasts we interview experts on all things Enterprise Excellence, sharing their story and their insights. Experts who believe in achieving sustainable change that betters more than just an organisations’ profit line. Experts who help organisations achieve a symbiotic relationship between environment and economics. Experts who believe in a culture of continuous improvement. We [...]
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Celebrating Joscar re-certification
Celebrating JOSCAR re-certification It’s not just a badge we need to gain the trust of our customers, it is more than that.  We are genuinely delighted that we have received re-certification to the JOSCAR register.  This certification means that S A Partners continues to be recognised as a fully compliant supplier to the defence industry. [...]
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Embracing Digital

In our recent webinar on the Future of Lean we explored the need for organisations to embrace digital solutions to enable them to deploy continuous improvement more efficiently. You can watch the webinar here.  It is clear that embracing technology will enable organisations to reduce costs, improve productivity and be more flexible. Our work with blue-chip organisations on developing improvement strategies and roadmaps incorporates the adoption of the right technologies to suit the demands of our […]

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Insights from Seani Devlin, Abbvie

In this month’s SHINGO Forum we welcomed Seani Devlin, the brilliant and engaging Operational Excellence Lead at Abbvie, Ballytivnan. Seani shared with the group both the site and his personal insights on their Shingo journey. We invited Seani along to the Shingo Forum to talk about his employee engagement; tiered meetings and visual management. Having […]

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The Future of Lean, Embracing Digital
This interactive workshop where we looked at how emerging technology can be used to unlock productivity and performance, by engaging all employees in CI. During the workshop process automation experts NINTEX who showed how organisations have embraced digital, the types of platforms available and how to get started with digital transformation. Guest Speakers: Keivan Zokaei [...]
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TPM, the Foundation for Operational Excellence

The highly successful book for Total Productive Maintenance written by Peter Willmott, John Quirke and Andy Brunskill is now available to purchase at Waterstones. Titled Total Productive Maintenance, a foundation of Operational Excellence. The book provides the following 5 essential outputs: Provide a practical guide of how to deliver sustainable benefits using the TPM enabling system Show […]

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Adapting TPM to a Major Water Utility Environment

This utility provider in the UK serves 1.4 million homes and businesses. The companies assets include 26,000 KM of water mains, 30,000 KM of sewers and 838 sewage treatment works. The organisation identified an opportunity to address the reliability and productivity of its assets through a TPM programme. Two sites were selected for a pilot […]

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Improving Asset Reliability in a Bottling Plant

Our customer recognised that in order to fulfil an increase in sales of one of their main product lines to retail customers they needed to improve productivity. Together, S A Partners reviewed options with the team on site and agreed that the next phase of their improvement journey would be a TPM programme. This case […]

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Reimagine – Refocus Strategy & Maximising Value
Rethinking Finance & Growth following on from the Reimagine & Refocus Conference series. Hosted by J Frank Holmes, Partner, Gambit Corporate Finance LLP To view this conference, please fill out the form details below and recieve the conference link by email. If you have any issues, please email our technical department who will email you [...]
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Reimagine & Refocus with Acuity Law
Join Steve Berry and the Acuity Law Team for their thoughts on Reshaping Business Structure. To view this conference, please fill out the form details below and recieve the conference link by email. If you have any issues, please email our technical department who will email you the link directly. Email* Company:* Country:*AfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua [...]
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LEADER STANDARD WORK & GEMBA WALKS
Gemba walks and Leader Standard Work (LSW) have the power to transform organizational culture. Done well, they ensure a presence and engagement with managers and leaders at every tier of the organization. We support organisations on their journey to enterprise excellence and sustainable business results. Our belief is that true enterprise excellence can only be [...]
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Leader Standard Work and Gemba Walks
This Leader Standard Work and Gemba Walks webinar presented by John Quirke covered the following: Gemba walk is a tool within a system Leader Standard Work (LSW) is the system LSW interacts across many systems What’s is the purpose of the system LSW What interactions or behaviours support the aim of LSW as a System [...]
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Feeling Proud – S A Partners achieves Investors In People Gold Standard
We are delighted to announce that S A Partners has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard.   This prestigious award has been bestowed to recognize that S A Partners has achieved exceptional standards in leading, inspiring and empowering it’s team. We often use the term ‘Cobblers Children’ to remind ourselves we are a [...]
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Reimagine & Refocus Conference 2

This Reimagine & Refocus webinar with Robin Jaques.
To view this conference, please fill out the form details below and recieve the conference link by email. If you have any issues, please email our technical department who will email you the link directly.

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Developing your TPM learning pathway
In the days before TPM an operator in conversation with his maintenance colleague might suggest albeit mischievously ‘I operate, you fix’, I add value, you cost so watch out my friend!’ In order to begin to change perceptions relating to the equipment and it’s operation and maintenance we need to create an ownership culture where [...]
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NINTEX partners with specialist business transformation company S A Partners
S A Partners is delighted to announce a new partnership with the world’s leading digital transformation specialists NINTEX.  The partnership will support S A Partners to deliver it’s world class transformation and training solutions with digital capability.    Today, over 10,000 public and private sector organizations, including more than 50% of the Fortune 500, turn [...]
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Reimagine & Refocus Conference
This Reimagine & Refocus conference looked at the following: Sustaining EBIT Approach with Robin Jaques, SA Partners & J Frank Holmes, Gambit Corporate Finance Management Motivation & Remuneration Structures with Steve Berry, Acuity Law Growth/Succession Planning with J Frank Holmes, Gambit Corporate Finance Panel Discussion & Questions Conclusion To view this conference, please fill out [...]
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10 Years of Lean Competency Training Accreditation
S A Partners is proud to be celebrating 10 years Accreditation with the Cardiff University developed Lean Competency System (LCS). The accreditation has become a cornerstone of S A Partners delivery with our customers. It recognises the standards to which our training modules are held, as well as the capability of our trainers, coaches and [...]
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Effective Gemba Walks as part of leader standard work
This webinar looks at Gemba walk as a tool within a system, how Leader Standard Work (LSW) is the system, what’s is the purpose of the system LSW and what interactions or behaviours support the purpose & inform Gemba walks. To view this conference, please fill out the form details below and recieve the conference [...]
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Shingo Guiding Principle: Lead with Humility

For me, this is one of the most critical principles within the Shingo Model for leaders to grasp at a core, personal level. The power contained within this principle is, I believe, the source of real cultural change within organizations. Leaders, particularly in the technical and compliance-based environments where I spend a lot of my time, often […]

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GWAAC’s Big Give Christmas Challenge

GWAAC are only called to the most serious medical emergencies, and bring with them skills and equipment normally only found in a hospital operating theatre. All of the funds raised from GWAAC’s Big Give Christmas Challenge will go towards essential training for our Critical Care Team. One of the courses to be funded is a […]

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Driving Change in Financial Services Conference
View the latest conference which took place on the 4th December called Driving Change in Financial Services presented by Dr Keivan Zokaei of S A Partners and Dina Patel of S & P. To view this conference, please fill out the form details below and recieve the conference link by email. If you have any [...]
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Helping Tommy Box Provide Free Meals
Jeff Williams, Global Business Development Director at S A Partners has donated a proportion of his allocated Partner profit share to a local cafe The Tommy Box.  The community café is based in the town of Treharris where Jeff grew up.  The donation was to support the café in cooking and delivering over 60 free [...]
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S A Partners Perform Higher Than The Industry Average

S A Partners latest NPS score of +75 is seen as testimony that the customer remains at the heart our consulting business. The challenges of the current market have moved much of our delivery into the virtual space.  Our consultancy, coaching and training is all now delivered to our customers teams across the world – […]

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Webinar: Aligning Learning & Development to Organisational Strategy
We often see significant misalignment between learning and development activity and the real needs of a business. During a survey of a large organisation employees stated that less than 20% of the learning and development activity they had been involved with in the last twelve months was directly related to the work that they do. [...]
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Webinar: SHINGO: Deploying Ideal Behaviours – Part III
Join us for Part III of our webinar series on Deploying Ideal Behaviours. Part III will focus on how you put in place the right systems to measure and monitor engagement. Without this, behaviours can revert back to 'the way they were'. You can catch up on Parts I and II by visiting our website [...]
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Download the Award Winning Publication, Staying Lean
S A Partners are pleased to offer the Shingo award winning book, 'Staying Lean, Thriving not just surviving' as a full, free download. To download click the download graphic image link. This publication won the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize in 2009, and it takes you through how to create and sustain a Lean [...]
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Webinar: Achieving Enterprise Excellence in the Service Sector
This webinar has been developed to support our Service Sector Customers - please do join Megan James & Garry Corbet to explore the benefits of undergoing an Enterprise Excellence journey. Using the S A Partners Enterprise Excellence model it will look at how purpose, process and people can be aligned to drive superior customer results [...]
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Webinar: SHINGO – Deploying Ideal Behaviours – Part II
Join us for Part II of our webinar series on Deploying Ideal Behaviours. Part II will focus on how you Deploy and Engage your teams with Behaviours once they have been identified. You can catch up on Part I by visiting our website here but it's not required https://sapartners.com/webinar-shingo-deploying-ideal-behaviours/. The Shingo Enterprise Excellence model focuses [...]
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Webinar: SHINGO – Deploying Ideal Behaviours
The Shingo Enterprise Excellence model focuses on the identification of Ideal behaviours that will enable your organisation to achieve sustainable ‘Ideal’ results. These behaviours must be supported by key systems within the business. But what does this really mean? How do we identify Ideal behaviours? Who identifies them? How do the Shingo Principles help in [...]
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Greenyard Fresh UK awarded Lean Gold validation

Jeff Williams, Business Develpment Director, is pleased to announce that Greenyard Fresh UK has been awarded Lean Gold Validation which recognises the organisational transformation and continuous improvement in the Greenyard Fresh UK business through our Food & Drink sector work. Jeff Williams said of the award: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with […]

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Webinar: Future of CI in a Changing World: Panel Discussion with Dr Keivan Zokaei & Guests
Join Keivan Zokaei and his guests from the world of Lean & CI for a panel discussion on the future of Continuous Improvement. We have seen remarkable changes happen within the last few months, with companies drastically changing how they operate. Our panel will consider what this means for Continuous Improvement & Lean deployment both [...]
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Webinar: Creating a Roadmap with Virtual Teams
Creating an assessment that can be rolled out and managed virtually will support your organisation to measure and drive improvement and change. Join Gary Griffiths to hear how we can now leverage technology to improve how and when we undertake benchmarks and assessments and how we can deploy the roadmap successfully in a virtual world. [...]
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Webinar: Reducing Stress & Building Resilience with Guest Speaker Adele Stickland
Join us for our interview with Adele Stickland, Author & Wellbeing Expert where we will explore how organisations can support their employees reduce stress and build resilience. Investing in health, wellbeing and resilience are critical business strategies that promotes an environment that develops stronger engagement so that disputes get resolved quicker and builds resilience so [...]
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Friends of Chernobyl Children get £5,000 Boost

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children are very grateful to S A Partners for their recent generous donation of £5000. This will go a very long way to helping the children in Belarus supported by the charity. It is especially welcome at this difficult time when the charity is not able to hold its usual fundraising activities. […]

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Webinar: Leader Standard Work and Gemba Walks
Effective Gemba Walks as part of your Leader Standard Work (LSW) System are essential for developing a culture of Enterprise Excellence. Developing and deploying the LSW system within your organisation will ensure you build and sustain the right behaviours. Join Robin Jaques where he will share some of the key principles of LSW and Gemba [...]
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Covid-19-Coaching through Disruption
Keivan Zokaei, partner and head of Financial Services at S A Partners, recently delivered a webcast for the Chartered Banker Institute where he talks about taking advantage of a crisis situation and turning it into a positive one. In this webcast you will: Learn the basic principles of well-being and resilience Learn more about the [...]
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Webinar: Creating a Roadmap for Enterprise Excellence
Join us for this webinar with 'Staying Lean" Author and Industry expert Gary Griffiths to gain inspiration on how to build and undertake a Enterprise Excellence Assessment across multiple sites. Gary will also explore how this will help you develop your roadmap for the future. To view this webinar, please fill out the form details [...]
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Webinar: Essence of Excellence Book Club & Virtual Workshop with Prof. Peter Hines
The Essence of Excellence Book Club & Virtual Workshop webinar with Prof. Peter Hines. To view this webinar, please fill out the form details below and recieve the webinara link by email. If you have any issues, please email our technical department who will email you the link directly. Email* Company:* Country:*AfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and [...]
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Webinar: Inspiration from SHINGO – Assure quality at Source & Seek Perfection
In this webinar we will look more deeply into two of the Shingo Guiding Principles - Assure Quality at Source & Seek Perfection. These are part of the Continuous Improvement Dimension. We will look at how we can create the right ‘systems’ and therefore ‘behaviours’ to achieve zero defects within our operations. To view this [...]
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Looking Forward to the NEPIC Best Practice Conference

Phil SPooner, partner at S A Partners and who heads up our Process sector, will be speaking at the NEPIC Best Practice In Industrial Asset Management Conference this coming 18th November. The topic Phil will be speaking about, will be ‘A foundation for Operational Excellence’. In this session, Phil will position TPM as an approach […]

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Towards World Class Manufacturing
Ten lessons from the world's best manufacturers & current thinking around Continuous Improvement which will inspire your best practice journey. Join us to hear how world class companies focus on Continuous Improvement and have achieved Enterprise Excellence. To view this webinar, please fill out the form details below and recieve the webinar link by email. [...]
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Deploying TPM in Non-Manufacturing Areas
Join Andy Brunskill, Author of TPM: A foundation of operational excellence, as he shares insights on how to deploy TPM in non-manufacturing areas such as laboratories, utilities and healthcare. Join us live to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book. This webinar is being delivered by S A Partners to [...]
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Virtual Training – Who Knew?

I’ve been asked to share my experience of lockdown and some “top tips” on virtual training.  Three months ago I knew nothing about Zoom, and hadn’t really bothered getting to grips with Microsoft Teams.  But then everything changed……! I wouldn’t call myself a complete technophobe, but let’s just say I’m often late to the party […]

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Agile Sales
The Agile philosophy has grown and achieved success initially through the technology design and development teams of some of the world’s largest, most successful organizations. Recently, it has been adopted by the marketing departments of these organizations and others, and new techniques are evolving for defining, engaging, and providing customers with amazing and unique experiences. [...]
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Creating Inspired Leaders
In this current climate, it would be easy for us to focus on business survival, but now more than ever we need to create leaders within our organisations that are both inspirational and supportive to those that report to them.  Leaders that have developed coaching skills and capabilities are fundamentally better at managing their teams. Join Fiona [...]
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What will our future working environment be like?
Dr Keivan Zokaei took part in the ‘Lunch with Mairi’ series recently which are virtual thought leadership events launched by Mairi Macintyre, Associate Professor at WMG. In this episode, Keivan, along with Chris Buckell of Babcock International discuss the impact of Covid, and how the current pandemic will change the way we will work and [...]
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Webinar: Intro to Shingo
Join Fiona Buttrey our SHINGO facilitator and one of the global examiners to understand why companies around the world have used the Shingo Model and the pathway to the Shingo prize to align enterprise excellence within their organisations.  Fiona will share the necessary steps that organisations need to consider when taking this path and also case studies from some of our award-winning customers [...]
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Webinar: Effective communication
In this webinar Juliette Packham explores how we can improve how we talk and how we listen to enable us to build trust and improve how we connect with others.  Juliette will also explore how communication skills can help improve problem solving within our organisations.  To view this webinar, please fill out the form details [...]
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Improving the Image and Perception of Maintenance

Improving the Image and Perception of Maintenance by clearly stating what Maintenance ‘Best Practice’ can bring to the Operational Excellence agenda

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Webinar: Using accreditation to help embed Continuous Improvement
The Lean Competency System (LCS) is a university developed and industry recognised lean qualifications framework for developing lean thinking knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Join Simon Elias who heads up this globally recognised programme to understand how it works; the benefits to organisations and hear case studies of companies that have adopted the [...]
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Webinar: Covid-19 Guidance for Manufacturers
Join us for this webinar where John Quirke will share the current advice & thinking around how businesses can improve their response to Covid_19. Covid-19 is a dangerous and virulent pathogen But it can be stopped by managing contact between people And it is easily killed through good hygiene practices With good methods and good [...]
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Webinar: Lean Leadership – What’s my Role?
Building resilience will support both you and your teams steer a course during the upcoming weeks and months. The current situation has occurred rapidly and has had a significant impact on individuals, their families and the organisations in which they work. Phil Spooner will draw on his experience as one of our senior consultants and [...]
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Webinar: Beyond Lean – Towards Behaviour Based Improvement
Join Jeff Williams for a thought-provoking webinar where we will look at the future of sustainable Enterprise Excellence through investing in people development and behavioural based change. Join us if you would like to understand how to put people at the centre of your programmes for operational improvement and efficiency in order to drive sustainable [...]
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Webinar: Coaching through Disruption (Part 1)
Join Keivan Zokaei to hear how you can use tried and tested coaching and positive psychology techniques to help you lead and support both yourself and your team during disruption. We will look at various models and share with you how these can be deployed immediately. Keivan will also show how good continuous improvement standards [...]
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Webinar: Coaching through Disruption (Part 2)
Join Keivan for the second in this series of webinars where he will talk with companies that have used coaching and positive psychology to rapidly respond to the Covid-19 disruption. Ensuring their teams stay informed, manage their responsibilities and can rapidly adapt to the changing market demands To view this webinar, please fill out the [...]
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Useful resources on Covid-19
Here are a list of useful resources that should help you cope with the crisis a lot better. We have split these into two parts, information and Inspiration. Information: Gaining better understanding about COVID19 These are resources that give you a better understanding of what’s actually going on, from health to financial markets and economic [...]
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Webinar: Towards a New Style of Leadership
Understand the fundamentals of Servant Leadership which is the foundation of the Blanchard Leadership Programme. This world-renowned approach to management will provide you with an understanding of how to develop excellent managers capable of supporting and leading teams during uncertain times. To view this webinar, please fill out the form details below and recieve the [...]
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Webinar: Leader Standard Work – Creating Stability in uncertain times
In uncertain times it is more important than ever to create stability. Leader Standard Work is about creating accountable, consistent, repeatable leadership at all levels in your organisation. During this webinar, Robin Jaques will share how you can deploy this rapidly within your company. This WebEx is designed to give you some insights and tools [...]
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Webinar: A3 Problem Solving
Lean management is about asking questions and trying things with the goal of learning about a process and understanding gaps between where you are now and where you want to be. Lean = Learn The A3 management tool can be used to facilitate that learning, clarify thinking, and foster communication within your organization. This session [...]
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Covid-19 Workplace Improvement and Protection Webinar
S A Partners have supported the Irish Government agencies, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA in developing a summary webinar to help companies prepare for and manage Covid – 19 in their workplaces. The team within S A Partners are already supporting and working within businesses who are managing their way through this current crisis. John [...]
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Webinar: Optimising & Maintaining Critical Assets
Rapidly changing demands, resource and supply constraints will add enormous pressure on assets. Join Andy Brunskill, author of 'TPM: A foundation for Operational Excellence' for guidance on how we can rapidly optimise assts and maintain them during this dynamic environment. Andy will share a number of activities and systems that can be deployed by your [...]
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Webinar: Problem Solving & Scenario Mapping
“Help! Our new way of working isn’t working!” We are starting to hear that from our clients, our partners, and our network. Let our expert trainers deliver rapid problem solving skills to allow you to frame problems effectively and focus on breaking barriers and improving flow. To view this webinar, please fill out the form [...]
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Webinar: The Essence of Excellence
What separates the really great from the merely good organisations? The answer lies not in what you see, or the tools people use, but in the feel, the pure essence of these organisations. It is the mind-set, the language, the confidence and the sheer passion for excellence.  What these sites do have is a set of Principle-led Behaviours, effective Core [...]
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Webinar: Coaching Leaders to manage change
Building resilience will support both you and your teams steer a course during the upcoming weeks and months. The current situation has occurred rapidly and has had a significant impact on individuals, their families and the organisations in which they work. Colin Scott will draw on his experience as a leadership coach and Shingo facilitator [...]
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Webinar Series: Business Continuity Planning
We recognise that business continuity planning has become critical in the current unprecedented environment, and we know that many of our customers are moving their teams to home working where possible. To help you adapt and hopefully thrive during the weeks ahead, we wanted to make you aware of some of the support we would [...]
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Air Ambulance Anniversary

12 months ago Robin Jaques suffered a near fatal crash while out riding his bike in the Forest of Dean. Breaking four of his ribs on impact, suffering a punctured lung and a burst femoral artery – Robin was losing a lot of blood and was in a critical state. Fortunately for Robin, the Great […]

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Award Winning Financial Services Book Give Away

We’ve decided to give away some copies of the award winning publication, ‘Staying Lean, Thriving not just surviving’ written by Prof. Peter Hines and Gary Griffiths et al, both of S A Partners.

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Supporting a School Learning Area

S A Partners via Phil Spooner are delighted to support the development of a designated learning area at Lixwm Primary School, which is a small rural village school with 58 pupils. The school has considerable funding challenges to support the learning environment of the pupils. After discussions with the Head teacher and the Special Intervention […]

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TPM Book Launch Resources
TPMVideosWhite PapersAssessment ExerciseTPM Many thanks for all those who attended the TPM book launch at Birmingham last week. Below are the slides used on the day, along with a video done by Peter Willmott on OEE along with other TPM resources made available. Book Launch SlidesDownload the presentation slides from the book launch Download Presentation [...]
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S A Partners Supporting Junior Sports Talent
Simon Grogan, MD at S A Partners, has put his lot in with rugby, and has decided to sponsor the the junior team at Crumlin RFC by donating his portion of S A Partners charity fund to help the lads for the remainder of the season. Simon, himself a former front row forward who has [...]
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Unison Case Study NZ
In 2017 Andy Knipe joined Unison as their Business Improvement Manager. This was a new role and one of his first challenges was to kick start a continuous improvement program based at the company’s HQ in Hastings. Two years on and S A Partners sit down with Andy and reflect on some of the successes, [...]
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TPM Book Launch for 2020
We are extremely pleased to announce the launch for the TPM book at two venues for 2020. The first is the University of Birmingham on 7th Febraury, followed by the 20th February  at SPI Lasers, where both events will be free to attend. This is an ideal opportunity to chat to the book authors. The [...]
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Onsites Insights Partner with S A Partners
We are extremely pleased to announce that S A Partners have formed a strategic partnership with one of the leading best practise events company in the UK, Onsite Insights. Onsite Insights is a programme of best practice visits to award winning companies and is designed to provide delegates with direct contact to people and teams [...]
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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer for Cork Simon
John Quirke was again out and about volanteering with Cork Simon over the Christmas period. As well as dontaing €1,000 to this worthy cause, John was out supporting the charity, and spreading Christmas wishes. ‘I am always reminded of how privileged I am; given the security of a home, a job and the ability to [...]
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OEE: The Three-Tier model

The Maintenance and Engineering Journal will be running an online series of 3 articles using the recently published book, TPM – a foundation of operational excellence, as the reference guide. The first of the series explores the myths and realities about the central performance metric of TPM called Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). It includes the […]

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Surfers Against Sewage Report
S A Partners have been supporting Surfers Against Sewage because of their valued environmental and community work, and  Simon Grogan has been beach cleaning with the charity regularly. We recognise the important work Surfers Against Sewage do in communities throughout the UK for the protection of beaches, wildlife and the ocean for us and future [...]
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S A Partners Gain Investors In People Recognition

We are pleased to announce that S A Partners have been awarded the Investors in People Core Standard and is thus recognised as an Investors in People organisation.

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Webinar: Gaining true commitment to the revised 91XX series of standards
Whilst many organisations already meet the requirements of the 91XX series of standards, the question remains, is the intent and commitment to high performance and a culture of quality truly met? In this webinar hosted by Megan James, Robin and Leigh will share their experiences deploying quality and enterprise excellence systems within industry and discuss: [...]
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Supporting the Salvation Army

S A Partners are proud to support the Salvation Army in all the good work they do. At this time of year their work in helping the most vulnerable people in society is even more invaluable. The Salvation Army work in 131 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical […]

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The definitive guide to TPM, Book Review

Our recently released TPM book has been reviewed by the Maintenance & Engineering Journal who gave it a big thumbs up by saying it ‘is a must-read document for anyone seeking to improve the efficiency of their manufacturing operations‘. The book called ‘TPM a foundation of Operational Excellence‘, was written by John Quirke, Peter Willmott […]

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The 3 Peaks Challenge for MS
Its that time of year again, when the S A Partners family put their foot and body forward for worthy charitable causes, and this one was a biggy! As in the previous year, Steve Baker and his son Elliot, took on the gruelling Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in aid of Multiple Screlosis. The Yorkshire Three [...]
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Operational Excellence Academy Discount Booking

S A Partners are pleased to be attending the The Operational Excellence Academy which is taking place on the 13-14 November in Liverpool, UK. This is a one-day summit bringing together operations, lean & CI professionals from across the UK manufacturing industry to rethink the status quo. Through a mix of thought-leading keynotes and expertly-led […]

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Awards Galore for S A Partners Clients
S A Partners are extremely proud of our clients and colleagues, Abbvie, Roche and Rabobank on their success on winning awards at this years Lean Business Ireland Awards, and also Suir Engineering for being nominated for Starting the Journey Category - most progress made toward organisation efficiency. The ceremony was held at Croke park last [...]
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Advanced Engineering 2019 Exhibition & Conference

We are pleased to announce that Robin Jaques, partner and Aerospace & Defence sector head, will be delivering a talk on the Essence of Excellence at the Advanced Engineering 2019 Exhibition & Conference on Wednesday the 30th October between 2pm and 2:30pm. This exhibition and conference is the perfect opportunity to discover the newest technologies […]

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11-step TPM model at NEPIC Asset Management Conference
We are pleased to announce that Phil Spooner, Head of Utilities at S A Partners, will be sharing the 11-step TPM model this coming November the 20th at the 'NEPIC Best Practise in Industrial Asset Management Conference' in Sedgefield. This highly successful event has a host of new speakers and topics showcasing cross-sector best practice [...]
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Developing Leadership Skills

What makes an Organisation Great is its ability to manage and motivate its people and leaders, which is where Developing Leadership Skills come into play. There are millions of quotes, thousands of books and hundreds of professors all available to give advice to organisations, or teach us specific techniques. The problem with all this, is […]

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Agile Development
What is Agile? Agile is a development methodology that has it’s roots in earlier efforts to improve software development, “most notably Extreme Programming (XP), Feature Driven Development, DSDM, PRINCE and even Lean Software Development.” (1 Artisan Software Consulting, LLC) In 2001, the Agile Manifesto was born. The manifesto reads: Individuals and interactions over processes and [...]
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Total Productive Maintenance: A Foundation for Operational Excellence
Titled Total Productive Maintenance, a foundation of Operational Excellence within the emerging world of Industry 4.0, this book will provide 5 essential outputs: Provide a practical guide of how to deliver sustainable benefits using the TPM enabling system Show how TPM can deliver your own Company’s vision, values and aspirations by positioning TPM as a [...]
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Speaking at the Shingo Conference

We are pleased to announce that Colin Scott, partner and head of our USA region, will be speaking at the up coming Manufacturing Shingo Summit in Detroit Michigan, which takes place on the 24th & 25th September this month. Before joining S A Partners, Colin previously worked as a managing director and CEO in the […]

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Panalpina Logistics Brazil Win Prestigious Shingo Award for Operational Excellence

S A Partners are pleased to congratulate Panalpina on their recent Shingo Award for Operational Excellence. This particular award goes to DSV Panalpina Logistics and Manufacturing facility in Sorocaba, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The facility topped the scores of the Shingo examiners who focus on the degree to which the Shingo Model are evident in the behaviour […]

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TPM Book Launch
We are extremely pleased to announce the official launch for the TPM book is being held at the University of Birmingham on 27 September 2019.  Tickets are available via the event page and the book will be available on Amazon from 1 September 2019. The new ‘must-have’ book from industry leading Lean consultants Peter Willmott, [...]
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