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Improvements Your UK Manufacturing Business Should Be Looking At For 2019

3rd December 2018

There are sure to be many new challenges (and opportunities) for manufacturing companies in the wake of the Brexit fiasco. Whilst we’re currently embroiled in an uncertain political, economical and technological climate that’s creating more questions than answers, we can be certain that businesses will need to think outside of the box.

There are sure to be many new challenges (and opportunities) for manufacturing companies in the wake of the Brexit fiasco. Whilst we’re currently embroiled in an uncertain political, economical and technological climate that’s creating more questions than answers, we can be certain that businesses will need to think outside of the box.

2019 will demand more creativity from manufacturers than ever before – with a considerable number of industry changes set to take shape over the course of the upcoming year.

Listed below are some of the inventive improvements you should be making to enhance your business so that it can flourish in fluctuating surroundings.

Educational courses

A thirst for knowledge is growing in the manufacturing sector – and this is set to intensify in 2019 as human beings struggle to keep up with the increasing capabilities of technology.

Certain areas of manufacturing are progressing so fast that a skills shortage has emerged, with people lacking the digital expertise to operate and utilise these tools effectively. That’s why educational courses are so important.

By enrolling staff onto specially made training programmes that draw on authentic, modern manufacturing experiences, you’ll help people acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to add value to each stage of manufacturing processes.

Best practice visits

You can learn as much from other businesses as you can your own. By 2019, most manufacturers will have recognised this – making active efforts to investigate how things are done outside their own organisation.

By witnessing Shingo Prize-winning environments in full flow (and talking to people on-site who have played a prominent part in implementing a culture of continuous improvement), you can gain a much better understanding of what’s needed to take this to your own manufacturing company.

The Manufacturing Institute host a wide variety of best practice visits in association with some of the most successful manufacturers in the UK today. Through us, you can attend these locations in person and ask any questions you desire.

It’s an invaluable experience – and what you will bring back to your business will prove its worth moving forwards.

Company culture reviews

Companies were once content to defiantly stick to old values. We’ll see less of this in the future.

Manufacturers have to stay fluid, as the industry is as volatile and unpredictable as it’s ever been. Without a degree of flexibility in culture, companies could become obsolete in a matter of months.

Regular reviews can ensure that you keep employees engaged and invested in the overall outcome. Keep your ear to the ground and listen to the negative feedback as well as the positive words. This will help you work towards the finalisation of a malleable plan that offers immediate benefits yet can be adapted to fit with the feelings of the time.

Need a hand putting these improvements in place?

The Manufacturing Institute is armed with the knowledge and resources to help you make all these improvements and more – offering you bespoke support in your mission to continue prospering in a potentially testing climate for the British manufacturing industry.

Get in touch with our team today on +44 (0) 161 875 2525 for more information. We’d be happy to help in any way we can.

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