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Driving Productivity Through People Conference

Scottish Food & Drink Skills Academy
Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh - 80 High Street , The Royal Mile, EH1 1TH
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:00 to 13:30

Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy are hosting a major conference to be held in Edinburgh in October 2014.  The event, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, aims to attract companies from across Scotland in all food and drinkmanufacturing sub dectors that are looking to either start their journey or further embed lean manufacturing and operational excellence within their organisations through the development of their workforce.

Food and drink organisations are continually introducing new ideas and methodologies to achieve operational excellence.  The truth is that  the "journey" of continuous improvement is never ending.  The best organisations believe they have a long way to go.  Operational excellence is thirving for greatness, using whatever methodology best fits.  Operational excellence is developing, training and encouraging individuals to seek perfection within the organisation as it is the harnessing of people that delivers business benefits.

No matter where companies are on the "journey" towards operational excellence, this conference will help.  We are bringing together an unrivalled team to explore the topic, industry experts, food and drink companies who have started their journey and support organisations.  You will find all the support you need in one place.

The conference is free to attend and includes a buffet lunch

Places are limited to two per company

Tehre is paid parking available at the venue and it is just 5 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Waverly Station.

To book your place(s), please e-mail info@sfdsa.co.uk


Timings Speakers Content
10.00 - 10.30  

Registration & Coffee

10.30 - 10.35 Board Member of Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy (SFDSA)


Introduction, the purpose of SFDSA, the aims and focus of the conference.

10.35 - 10.55

Keynote Speaker:

James Wither, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink (SFD)


Findings on research on productivity in the food and drink industry.

10.55 - 11.15 Alistair Dobson, MD, Arran Dairies, Chairman, Taste of Arran and Board Member of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)

Business Excellence

The importance of culture, leadership and skills in achieving business excellence and improving productivity.

11.15 - 11.35 John Quirke, Managing Director, SA Partners

Implementing Excellence

Making and sustaining improvement.  Our experience of working with M & S and Plan A.

11.35 - 11.50   Cofee
11.50 - 12.10 Brian McNeil, Continuous Improvement, Highland Spring

Our Journey Towards Excellence

Who we are; where we are; our aims for improvement; how we engaged and developed our people; benefits we have achieved; next steps on our journey.

12.10 - 1.00

Workshop 1

Sam Morris, Managing Director Develop-U

Achieving Food Manufacturing Excellence through Modern Apprenticeships

Think that you have to be a big company to benefit from operational excellence? Think again.  Companies of all sizes can harness employee talent and benefit.

12.10 - 1.00

Workshop 2

Jerome Finalyson of SMAS with Steven Smith, Pinneys of Scotland

Achieving Operational Excellence

Who SMAS are & what we do; the importance of leadership, culture and process effectiveness in achieving operational excellence.

1.00 - 1.25 Panel of speakers Question Time
1.25 - 1.30 Board Member of Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy (SFDSA)

Thank you


1.30 -    Coffee, Lunch & Networking