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Celebrating 12 Years of Lean Competency Accreditation

Successful Re-Accreditation of Training, Assessment & Certification Services to the Lean Competency System (licensed by Cardiff University) S A Partners and Cardiff University – through the Lean Enterprise Research Centre and the Lean Competency System have a long-standing heritage.  (Link to relevant page on sapartners web site?) After 12 years, we are now celebrating the successful […]

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S A Partners Named a Winner in 2022 Nintex Partner Awards
London, UK—September 28, 2022— S A Partners is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Regional Spotlight Award winner of the 2022 Nintex Partner Awards. S A Partners was recognized for its proven ability to help organizations accelerate digital transformation and drive business outcomes with the powerful and easy-to-use capabilities of the Nintex Process Platform. [...]
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Jeff Williams supports Fareshare on their journey to Enterprise Excellence
As part of our Care Programme, we provide both financial and in-kind support to charities around the world.  Jeff Williams, our Director of Business Development was delighted to spend a day with the team at one of our much-loved charities Fareshare to support them with business improvement and their journey to Enterprise Excellence.      [...]
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Celebrating Ideal Behaviours
Every July we recognize some of our amazing team for their contribution to the business.  This annual award is given each July and builds on our monthly reward and recognition program. Both of the programs are designed to recognize those individuals that go above and beyond in demonstrating our core values and the behaviours we [...]
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Team Celebrates Shingo Publication Award for TPM: A foundation of Operational Excellence
On May 19 in Orlando, Florida, John Quirke, Life Science Practice Leader at global consulting company, S A Partners, received the SHINGO Publication Award on behalf of the team for the book TPM (Total Productive Manufacturing): A Foundation of Operational Excellence.  John, along with business colleagues Andy Brunskill and Peter Willmott, are authors of the [...]
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Celebrating Our New Doctor of Psychology – Bryan Cutliff
Congratulations to Bryan Cutliff, a pivotal member of our US Division who has recently been awarded his Doctor of Psychology in Leadership Psychology.  Bryan has brought a unique insight into leadership and the psychology of leading change to our team over recent years.  Having worked previously in executive leadership positions in healthcare in the US, [...]
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Three new partners appointed at fast growing consultancy firm S A Partners
Following rapid growth, S A Partners is welcoming three new members to its partnership team - Clare Pryce; Kenneth Wisinski and Jim Mikulski. Simon Grogan, Managing Director is delighted to welcome these new appointments: “Over the last two years, we have seen some remarkable changes within our businesses and even more remarkable growth.  We have [...]
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Onsite Insights Returns in 2022!
Relaunch of the Best Practice Visit Programme in the UK We are delighted to announce the relaunch of Onsite Insights – the UK’s national best practice visit programme. The programme has been put on hold during the last two years but we are delighted that our host sites have once again agreed to welcome visitors [...]
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S A Partners launch Carbon Neutral Programme
We are pleased to announce that S A Partners has begun its journey to Carbon Neutrality by supporting the Ocean Foundation, a blue carbon initiative focusing on the support and rebuilding of ocean habitats through the replantation of Seagrass, mangroves, and blue carbon education. The Carbon Neutral Programme aims to completely offset the business's carbon [...]
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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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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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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 leading [...]
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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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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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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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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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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 using the link provided. This publication won the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize in 2009, and it takes you through how to create and sustain a Lean business. It followed Cogent [...]
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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