Inspiring Improvement

Welcome to this the second  of our newsletters keeping you informed of latest developments, case studies, funding offers and upcoming events, as well as providing you with the chance to find out a bit more about our team.

Lean Business Solutions Ltd are pleased to announce the development of a new training programme designed to deliver key skills and to maximise a business’ chance of succeeding with Lean or Lean Sigma implementations.

We have developed what we believe to be a unique and cost effective offering that not only provides a number of ‘specialist experts’ within a business but also training for large groups of employees to allow them to play an active role in improvement teams functioning within their area.

At the core of the process is Lean Practitioner training which consists of 5 days training in the classroom focusing on the key Tools and Techniques of Lean and Project Managementand, supported by a further day of support during the completion of a workplace project.


For those wishing to progress there are two options, either Lean Leadership which focuses on Strategy, Management of Change, Leadership and Teambuilding, or for companies where variation is an issue within the business there is the option of following on with Six Sigma training, which will give the attendee a full Lean Sigma Green Belt qualification.


To ensure these ‘experts’ are not left isolated within the business we offer a two day Improvement Team Member Course, which provides attendees with a basic understanding of Lean Tools and Techniques as well as explaining how to work together through Teamwork, which will then allow them to successfully participate in work based improvement projects.

For further details please contact:



Implementing Lean Sigma Worldwide..

“Globally, we have improved productivity and added real improvements to the bottom line in excess of £ 4.7 million. Our customers appreciate our global, consistent approach to Lean”
Barry Coughlan, Rosti Plastics

Kerry Cochran, Director of Lean Business Solutions Ltd has been working with Rosti Plastics, a leading global injection moulding company, to help them develop their worldwide Lean improvement programme. Having successfully implemented many of the ‘standard’ Lean tools and techniques, the team at Rosti wanted to take improvements to the next level. Kerry suggested that Lean Sigma would be the next best step on their improvement journey as it combines the Quality of Six Sigma with the Speed of Lean to maximise shareholder value by achieving the fastest rate of improvement in customer satisfaction, cost, quality, process speed and invested capital.

Staff across the business are now undergoing Green Belt and Black Belt Training and are already undertaking projects that will deliver further significant bottom line savings to the business.

To quote Pat Williams, Managing Director of Rosti China:

“Kerry has been supporting Rosti China for a number of years implementing the Lean disciplines and supporting me in building a culture of continuous improvement. The Lean journey had its ups and downs but with the teams learning culture we have continued to integrate Lean into our processes and operations. Kerry has strongly supported building this platform and as we start to introduce Six Sigma within the Rosti group, I’m sure with Kerry’s approach and methodology we will continue the learning of the Rosti Lean/Sigma programmes. It has always been pleasure working with Kerry and he has been a key part of the Rosti China history. Thank you Kerry.”

Rosti Sigma Green Belt Training in Rosti China
– Rosti China’s View by Rosa Luo


Thirteen participants took part in a two-week training session of the Rosti Sigma Green Belt programme in China! After these two weeks, they are now playing their roles, to lead the continuous improvement activities in Rosti China.

It was a really fantastic learning journey. Participants learned many useful Rosti Sigma applications, such as Minitab (a statistics tool), SIPOC (logical reasoning and problem solving tool) and so on. Now the Green Belts are preparing their improvement projects. The Green Belts are ready to be the facilitators for continuous improvement, who will deliver advanced improvement ideas to others in our daily work. We look forward to seeing the changes happen in the company.

Actually, everyone in the company should understand the Rosti Sigma concept and contribute their valuable opinions. With the mentoring by Black Belts and the Master Black Belt, everyone in the company can be the process owner and stakeholder of the Green Belt projects.

Rosa Luo, HR Officer Rosti, Suzhou, China

Inspiring Improvement Visits

Working in conjunction with a number of our client companies. we are pleased to be able to offer a range of hosted workshops.  These free workshops provide the chance to visit another company to learn from their experiences, giving you the opportunity to discuss their journey with them – warts and all! One of our team will also be available to answer questions and discuss any issues raised. 

Upcoming Visit:

5S & Visual Management Workshop – 4th July

– Smith & Nephew Extruded Films, Gilberdyke

Future Visit Topics:

  • Developing a Continuous Improvement Culture
  • Implementing Lean Sigma in your Workplace
  • Successfully Managing Change
  • Standardising your Processes
  • Lean Office

To book a place on the 5S Workshop or to be updated on future visits please contact:


Meet Our Team: Phil Hanson

Phil was one of the founding Directors of Lean Business Solutions Ltd and has lived all his life in the Aire valley, he is married and has three kids.

Phil’s hobbies include fishing, bird watching and listening to music from modern jazz to rock and classical. Fly fishing has taken him to Tasmania a place that he describes as being like heaven without the inconvenience of dying! When not listening to his hifi, Phil joins his son Carl on country walks with his two husky dogs which are not only characters but also give you a good pull, saving much energy!

Following his apprenticeship with a road tanker manufacturer, Phil’s career in engineering progressed from draughtsman to Technical and Managing Director and he remains passionate about manufacturing and a desire to make it in Britain. Products Phil has designed have gone on to amass sales of over £60m. He now shares his passion for manufacturing by helping other businesses grow and develop through training, coaching and mentoring them through the implementation of business improvement projects and by helping them to develop sustainable continuous improvement cultures.


Lean Sigma Training

Black Belt Course
4 weeks classroom training & Project implementation support
Commencing 11th June – Last few places left, BOOK NOW
then 23rd July, 3rd September 15th October
Green Belt Course
2 weeks classroom training & Project implementation support
Commencing 25th June
then 16th July
Lean Training
Lean Practitioner 
1 weeks classroom training & Project implementation support 
Commencing 18th June- Filling quickly – BOOK NOW
Lean Leader
Follows on from Lean Practitioner Training
1 weeks classroom training & Project implementation support 
Commencing 16th July

Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”

– Dr. H. James Harrington