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Barclays Commercial

Market conditions are always changing - indeed over the past year we have all experienced challenging and unprecedented times. Adapting to such challenges can be tough but it is important that we all stay focused on our goals and committed to our values – this is what will get us through.

Now more than ever Barclays Commercial Bank is committed to sharing its financial expertise with its customers – whether that’s so they can maximise cash flow and protect against future financial risks, or by simply sharing the knowledge Barclays has developed over the years through working with thousands of businesses. Barclays Commercial Bank wants to ensure businesses in the UK maintain momentum - making sure they understand the key drivers of performance alongside the solutions, ideas and strategies that will help them navigate the current downturn

This is supported by its relationship banking approach where dedicated relationship and industry specialist managers can provide local access to an extensive range of products and services, as well as offering business information and support. Indeed Barclays Commercial Bank provides such relationship banking to 81,000 business customers in the UK (£1m to £1bn turnover). This industry specialist knowledge and dedicated support means that its relationship managers truly understand their customers’ market and challenges, today and in the future, and are able to offer bespoke solutions with a competitive edge.

Customers are also offered access to the products and expertise of other businesses in the Group, particularly Barclays Capital and Barclaycard. Barclays Asset & Sales Finance – a specialist business within Barclays Commercial Bank - provides customers with asset based lending and leasing solutions.

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DAK Consulting

DAK are a global operations management consultancy helping organisations to secure year on year improvement in performance as a core business process. Our support ranges from specific improvements goals to multi site, operational transformation programmes. Core competencies include Lead Team development, Operational Excellence (LeanTPM), Change Management, Innovation and Project Management. We work with your people to:


  1. Raise productivity, quality and delivery performance

  2. Improve equipment and process effectiveness

  3. Increase margins, growth and the pace of innovation

  4. Establish systems and ways of working to transform culture and behaviours

  5. Comply with legislation/best practice

  6. Develop winning products and services

  7. Deliver strategic goals

Current and recent customers include 3M, BPB, Danfoss, Dow Corning, Johnson Matthey, RHM, Scottish & Newcastle, SSAB, Tryton Foods. DAK have also supported over 20 organisations on behalf of the UK government funded Lean Learning Academy and provided master class coaching for MAS Lean Practitioners.

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The National Skills Academy

The National Skills Academy for Manufacturing (The Skills Academy) is sponsoring the skills development in BFA 2009. The Skills Academy is central part of the government’s skills strategy. The Skills Academy will focus on meeting the skills needs of both large and small employers from the manufacturing sector, including Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics and Marine. The Skills Academy set’s national standards for Providers and programmes that support the vision that employers get the biggest bang for their back by selecting the right programme, the right provider against the right process.

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Siemens Automation & Drives recognises the important of ensuring that UK manufacturing maintains its global competitiveness through a continuous process of productivity improvement. As a global leader in automation and drive technology we work closely with companies across the world to improve the efficiency of operations, reduce operational costs and improve production flexibility.

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies operates in 190 countries across the world supporting many of the most influential manufacturing companies in achieving their business goals. In the UK Siemens fully supports and applauds the best practice in manufacturing highlighted by the Best Factory Awards and is delighted to support the Energy / Environment category.

TBM Consulting Group

TBM Consulting Group is sponsoring the Most Improved category in BFA 2009. Improving business performance - and translating it into sales and earnings growth by increasing customer satisfaction - is TBM's total client focus. Its heritage in Lean manufacturing and fundamentals learned from Toyota Production System pioneers has evolved into time-based LeanSigma principles that it teaches and implements for discrete manufacturers, process companies and service firms worldwide. Kaizen Breakthrough events and sustained culture change are critical to achieving operational excellence, the first stage in TBM's game-changing LeanSigma growth strategy.

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Unite the Union

Unite the Union is sponsoring the Health and Safety Award in BFA 2009. Unite the Union is the 'union for life,' throughout members' working lives - whatever their job and whoever their employer. Based on the principles of individual and collective responsibility, Unite the Union is dedicated to improving its members' standard of living and quality of life in both the public and private sectors reflecting the changing world of work, supporting workers through a programme of campaigning and organising.

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