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First STAR day in Scotland

First STAR day in Scotland

Walker Precision Engineering in Glasgow was host to five other beneficiaries in September for Sharing in Growth’s eighth STAR day – the first to be held in Scotland.

Walker Precision Engineering is a forward-looking technology-led contract manufacturing company, servicing markets worldwide, covering a diverse customer base in engineering cutting edge sectors.

In the morning session, the Walker team shared the work they are undertaking on designing the future state layout of their Glasgow facility, to enable them to achieve £20 million turnover in 2020. The also shared the implementation of their first lighthouse area and how this has benefitted the performance of a key product line, and the engagement and ownership of the team in the area.

The afternoon activity focused on Make vs Buy and, in particular, the SiG procurement and sales coaches facilitated a workshop on the use of a structured scoring process to support strategic Make vs Buy Decisions.

Said  SiG business transformation manager Ashlea Finn: “The day was a great success, with each of the beneficiaries sharing the three key things they took from the day that they are going to implement back in their own businesses.”

The Walker STAR day was attended by Poeton Industries, Helander Precision Engineering, R E Thompson, Castle Precision Engineering and Gooch and Housego Glenrothes. This was the first STAR day that this group of beneficiaries has shared, with the second one already planned to be held at Poeton in early 2018.

Bill Nash, managing director, Helander Precision Engineering, said : “Initial apprehension over attending the SiG STAR day at Walker Precision Engineering through not knowing how the format would evolve and whether the time taken would equate to value add, soon turned to a hugely enjoyable and more importantly productive evening and day. The information exchange, whilst initially guarded over specific customer products and relationships, migrated into an open and often frank discussion of market conditions and pressures. Equally the opportunity to discuss focus topics, in this case Make vs Buy, triggered good and intelligent debate.”

The event was summed up by Gary Walker, joint managing director at Walker Precision Engineering who said: “Great day, sharing different solutions towards similar challenges across the different beneficiaries attending.”

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