Continuous improvement

Sometimes the biggest challenge in improving business process efficiency isn’t brainstorming initiatives, but embedding changes into culture and sustaining momentum over the long term.

Given the focus on productivity and continuous improvement transformation, it isn’t surprising top manufacturers of all sizes are implementing Lean and Six Sigma programmes in their facilities. With a strong practical understanding of the industry, EEF’s continuous improvement experts deliver hands-on techniques and training to help companies stay ahead of the competition.

Want to kick-off, sustain or re-invigorate your Lean initiatives?

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How we help

Our Lean and Six Sigma consultants provide businesses with the right tool and techniques to embed effective changes as part of their Lean and Six Sigma continuous improvement journeys. We don’t promote a single approach to productivity improvement. Instead we carefully study your particular challenges and opportunities and apply the solutions that meet your specific needs. The trainers or consultants you work with will be chosen on the basis that their experience best matches your individual requirements.

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We use contemporary and relevant training techniques based around a ‘teach and do’ philosophy. This ensures an immediate positive impact on your business, as well as making sure that as much knowledge as possible is understood and retained.

We’ll provide bespoke Lean and Six Sigma training at any location and at the best time to suit your working or shift patterns. These include:

  • introductions to Lean 
  • updating your existing programmes 
  • advanced Lean tool use
  • Lean Champion/Facilitator training
  • Yellow, Green and Black Belt Six Sigma training
  • linking Lean Six Sigma with your business strategy


Business benefits

There are a variety of business benefits we’ve seen first-hand from the EEF approach to continuous improvement:






    "Bisley is at the beginning of its Lean journey. EEF has tailored its unrivalled expertise to our unique set of challenges and the fit is perfect. I look forward to EEF’s continued support long into the future." -Paul Crutcher, Operations Director, Bisley

    Tools, reports & blogs

    LeanBenchmark Tool

    Benchmarking the performance of your Lean initiatives helps you understand where to focus, allowing you to make improvements that give your business a competitive edge. Our comprehensive self-assessment tool, LeanBenchmark™, will help you compare your Lean Performance with other organisations in a similar industry or sector.

    How to convince top managers to start a Lean programme

    Watch the full video on how to get buy-in for Lean transformations in your workplace.

    News and Insights

    EEF’s Policy and Research & Intelligence teams produce a variety of annual reports, surveys and publications. Several deal directly with the productivity and continuous improvement initiatives of UK manufacturers:


    Productivity Report

    Executive Survey



    Why EEF

    • Bespoke solutions: we use our expertise to define the best approach for your organisation, developing a bespoke model to meet your specific needs. We will deliver tailored and customised options that will fit into your shift patterns, and build your own systems and procedures.
    • Commercial focus: we want you to realise the commercial benefits of your business improvement activities, so we deliver commercially focused outcomes aligned to your organisation’s goals.
    • A practitioner’s approach: our consultants come from the real world of business, bringing with them a wealth of industry experience. This means our solutions come with a deep appreciation of the challenges you face and deliver a strategy which enables you to achieve your objectives.


    Meet the Team

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    This course introduces delegates to six sigma in its main forms: define, measure, analyse, improve and control (DMAIC) and lean six sigma.

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    Watch and learn how to develop your managers into successful leaders to lead their teams effectively for a productive future.

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