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14 September 2016

For any business to flourish in today’s competitive environment, it’s vital to evaluate both the successes and the failures and to build on that. MacIntyre Chocolate Systems in Arbroath are worldwide suppliers of top quality chocolate manufacturing and processing equipment and over the decades have developed a global reputation for innovative design and excellent service.

ChocolateBut like many mature businesses they realised they had reached a point where some self-assessment would be valuable. Now part of HDM (Hamburg Dresdner Maschinenfabriken), the management at MacIntyres felt it was time for them to take stock.

“Joining forces with a much bigger manufacturing group naturally means change, but also great opportunities, says Managing Director, Phil Simister. What we needed was some perspective and advice from an independent source and for us that support came from Dundee and Angus College and their business arm.”

“This is exactly the kind of expertise we’re able to deliver,” says Business Advisor, Bruce Donaldson. We’re in a unique position here at the college to offer help and support in a variety of ways from consultancy services to tailor-made training solutions and from mentoring to Modern Apprenticeships and everything in between!

“In this particular case, we drew on the expertise of one of our Associates, Ray Robertson, who specialises in ‘Lean Manufacturing’.”

Ray began by delivering an initial workshop to MacIntyre’s team, and as this was such a success he was asked to return to deliver a further 4 sessions for the staff on the workshop floor.

Since then the company have contracted with the college so that Ray can continue to act as an impartial chair for some “wash up” meetings designed to assess how a project has gone off track and what lessons can be learnt from that.

With this relationship established there may well be further support required through training and consultancy in this area to advance what has already been covered.

As Phil Simister says, “It has been a real bonus for MacIntyres to find this kind of quality of business consultancy not only at a reasonable price, but locally as well. We’re delighted.”

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