The Boxshop Ltd, East Kilbride
East Kilbride-based company, The Boxshop Ltd, manufactures over 7 million corrugate cardboard boxes, fittings and litho-laminate packs for large and small companies in all market sectors every year.
We work intensively with the company through our account management portfolio, an approach which enables the account manager to build a specialist account team representing specific areas of specialist business support. This approach has delivered organisational and strategy development activities for The Boxshop to date, as well as advice and funding through our Regional Selective Assistance grant and Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).
The company was one of the first to work with SMAS when it was set up in 2005 and has undertaken a project every year since. During this time, it has generated £1.4 million efficiency savings and increased its turnover from £5.7 million to £11.3 million. Now employing around 80 staff, the company attributes part of its competitive advantage to its continuous improvement and business efficiency culture.
The Boxshop Ltd managing director, Douglas Lamb, said: “We pride ourselves in being the largest independent manufacturer of corrugated boxes in Scotland but to keep growing, we need to keep ahead of our competition. To do that, we need to invest our time and money in making sure that we have the right products and processes and that they are as efficient and effective as possible.
“Our strong culture of continuous improvement has already seen £5 million invested in our facility in East Kilbride and this further £2.2 million will see us purchasing a further 15,000 sq ft of neighbouring property space which will enable us to invest in additional equipment and target new areas of business growth, further securing our position in the marketplace.”
Optos plc, Dunfermline
Optos plc based in Dunfermline develops and manufactures imaging devices for taking ultra widefield images of the retina. Its technology has the potential to offer opthalmologists and optometrists the most powerful tools for disease diagnosis, management and treatment.
Over the years, we have provided various support to Optos such as product development, Regional Selective Assistance and overseas market support. More recently Optos has spent some time fine-tuning their manufacturing processes in Dunfermline and have worked with our SMAS team to support this process. We are now supporting them with some lean training, to help further develop the lean culture that is embedded in the company.
The company has seen a 35% growth in its turnover from last year at US$143m to year ended 30 September 2011 and employs 430 staff, 152 based in Dunfermline.
Optos plc CEO, Roy Davis, said: “We’re in a great position to grow our business further through newly expanded product offerings and global distribution, and it’s thanks to the support we’ve received from Scottish Enterprise that’s helped us get here.”
Livingston-based Hyaltech develops and manufactures hyaluron-based healthcare products for global markets. We have worked with the company for the last 18 months through our account management portfolio supporting it with management training, strategy development, networking opportunities and Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) advice and support.
Hyaltech, which employs over 45 people and turned over £12.5 million last year, undertook a lean journey with SMAS involving lean awareness sessions and 5s training. The company successfully achieved £470,000 value add as a result of its project.
Hyaltech managing director, Hans-Joachim Meisner, said: “The lean project has been a tremendous success for Hyaltech in many ways. The financial impact is significant and the ongoing project has been a motivating experience for everyone involved”
Ace Winches, Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire based ACE Winches which designs, manufactures and hires winches and marine deck machinery for global markets, works closely with us through our account management portfolio.
To date this support has included strategy and organisational development support and help to open new markets overseas through our international arm, Scottish Development International. The company has also recently undertaken a manufacturing review from our Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), the findings from which are currently being discussed with the company, with the potential for a SMAS project to be implemented at a later date.
ACE Winches chief executive officer, Alfie Cheyne, said: “Our ambitions are high – we want to achieve a turnover of £50 million in the next three to five years – and we’re confident we can achieve it, but we can’t do it alone.
“We value the support and advice we’ve received from Scottish Enterprise and with their help, we will stay ahead of our competition and realise our growth ambitions.”
Rautomead Ltd, Dundee
Dundee-based Rautomead Ltd designs and manufactures continuous casting equipment for non-ferrous metals and alloys. Our support has helped the company to invest in research and development, instil a culture of innovation and open up new markets overseas.
Rautomead Ltd’s managing director, Brian Frame said: “Working with Scottish Enterprise and its international arm, Scottish Development International, has been influential and instrumental in helping our change management programme. We have now become increasingly successful across all key benchmarks – revenue, bottom line performance and jobs growth – and it’s thanks to the support we’ve received that’s helped us get there.”
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Get Juiced, Stirling
Get Juiced began trading 15 years ago in a small coffee shop in St Andrews and is now a leading supplier of fruit juices to hotel chains such as Gleneagles and St Andrews Old Course Hotel.
Based in Stirling, the company originally benefitted from Business Gateway support, however, it reached a stage in its growth journey where it needed additional help to accelerate its growth and so joined our account management portfolio.
We have helped the company with product development, innovation, Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) and Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) advice and support. In particular, helping the company to invest in a new microwave pasteuriser, which extends the shelf-life of its product, the company has grown considerably and is now producing its products for leading UK supermarkets.
Get Juiced general manager, Gary Brown, said: “Scottish Enterprise, and in particular, SMAS support, has been invaluable to driving Get Juiced forward towards its ultimate goal of BRC accreditation and major multiple supply.
“The work put in by both our practitioner and the third party consultant has been exceptional on what is our first, but certainly not our last project, and has pushed us within touching distance of this aim.
“We look forward to building our relationship with Scottish Enterprise as we explore further areas for growth.”
is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.
SMAS is delivered throughout the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise areas. A Manufacturing Review, which is free to all manufacturing companies in Scotland, involves a diagnostic visit from a SMAS practitioner, with a report following the visit stating the opportunities and actions for the company to improve productivity and competitiveness. Manufacturing companies of all sizes can enquire about a Manufacturing Review by telephoning 0845 609 6611 or visiting www.scottishmas.co.uk.