Supporting the manufacturing industry with proven strategic planning tools. Get focused on where you are going and how to get there.
Is your manufacturing business well placed to deal with the challenges the future may bring?
Are you struggling to adapt to current changes globally in your industry?
Our strategic planning approach to businesses in the manufacturing industry negotiates challenges and finds your fastest way to achieve your goals.
Manufacturing Industry Challenges
The manufacturing industry is changing at a speed never seen before. What worked in the past will not work in the future. You need to move fast to capitalise on the opportunities and avoid the many pitfalls.
One of the biggest challenges right now is around the supply chain. To deliver what the customer demands, in shorter than ever timescales, you have to deal with new software solutions, increasing automation and a more complicated supply chain than ever before.
As always margin is paramount. How can you keep finding more margin whilst costs rise and the customer demands cheaper products? On top of this, you have increased pressure on prices from global competition driving prices down.
Like many doing well just now in manufacturing, you may well be facing challenges around increasing your capacity and expansion. Do you extend your factory, open a second factory or move to another country, possibly outsource?
Your Strategic Planning
What does this mean for your strategic planning?
Think about the future. Where is your company going in the years ahead, what problem should you deal with first and how will you address all these challenges?
How can you still deliver for your stakeholders (shareholders, family, customers and yes, even regulators) as you get squeezed from all sides? Can you manage risk in the years to come, build reliable plans and ensure you achieve your goals despite the increasing uncertainty that continues to impact on the manufacturing industry?
This much is sure – the traditional approach of working harder and longer hours is not the way. You can’t put more pressure on your workforce, management team and yourself. A fresh approach and step-change are needed if you are to be competitive and continue to grow your business.
However – these challenges create huge opportunities for those who are ready to address them. Government funding is fuelling a recovery and the sustainability factor is ripe for those who can move fast. However, your strategic plan must be flexible and agile enough to capitalise on opportunities as they arise to achieve your goals.
We implement successful strategies for manufacturing businesses
This is where we help you.
Our manufacturing business consultants engage with you and your team to take away the pain of the process. They use industry experience and a tried and tested approach to make strategic planning painless. You are able to stay focussed on running the business and delivering the change that makes a real difference.
Our strategic planning system is built to tackle all your challenges, manage the unforeseen and deliver exactly what your stakeholders want.
This is not a paper exercise done by one person, but a full implementation plan that engages your whole organisation and integrates with business as usual.
We work with you to develop and deliver a strategic plan by:
1. GOALS – Clarity on what your stakeholders really want
Who are your stakeholders and what is it that they really want from you? This first step gives clarity on end goals and the direction you need for the years ahead. Your goals are described in tangible and pragmatic terms that put a fire under people and get them on board with the delivery.
2. PLAN – Your one page strategic plan
A simple story of the shortest path to deliver your strategy and the order in which you should carry out activities. It builds in agility, gets ownership from everyone in your organisation and with accountability and timescales set in stone, it accelerates progress like you have never seen.
3. MONEY – How you will build value (and manage risk)
This is a process that leaves no stone unturned and clarifies what will drive real value in your company. We will build projections that everyone from your Finance Director to Sales Director agrees on. With risk management built in, and auditable to a granular level, it shows you how the future money will have happened.
4. PEOPLE – Engaging your team to deliver your plan and beyond
You will move from task management to outcome management that everyone loves. This transforms your culture by uniting your team and focussing them all on what really matters, whilst cutting away wasted time, money and effort.
Managing Director - Brewster Bros.
“Concord has ultimately delivered us a 4-year plan that everyone in our organisation can understand. By everyone, I mean every employee and we are proud to share our plan with our whole team to give them clarity on our goals and how to get there. Involving everyone in the creation of the plan and delegating responsibility for its delivery harnesses the brainpower of the whole business and not just our senior management team.
As a chartered accountant, I loved the finance work. The numbers were inspiring and not just dreamlike figures – they had substance behind them and could be logically backed-up when questioned. In fact, our Chairman, who was highly sceptical at first ended up thinking they were too modest! Overall the content of the Concord System has given a much clearer path to achieving our identified stakeholder needs and what the results will be when we deliver them.”
Technical Director - Aldomak
“I have never seen a more effective method of running a business, it requires absolute rigour in what we do. It ensures that we are making all our decisions in the context of the greater plan which removes wasted effort.
I am now as certain as I can be that we will achieve our 3 years targets.”
Managing Director - Easter Greens
“The method of planing backwards excited me from the first time I saw it. When we put it into action it simplified everything and showed me what had to be done (and not done!) to deliver my vision for Easter Greens.
The work we did on the money was fantastic. I can now see what will generate the growth and expansion I am looking for, and how the money will actually happen in the years ahead. This keeps me very focused every day on where we should focus time, money and effort.
Ewan has worked closely with me, my managers and my team to get everyone on board with our one page strategic plan. Everyone can now see what the future looks like, what it means for them, and how they can help deliver it.”