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Sign company employees complete Business Improvement course with Northampton College

Posted: 12/04/10 by Northampton College

A group of six Northampton Signs employees recently completed their Level 2 NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) with the Northampton College Business Centre, and the company has already implemented the techniques learned on the programme.

The company, based in Stour Road is a manufacturing, installation and maintenance sign company servicing clients across the UK. A second group will now follow the programme, which covers ways in which business performance can be improved by minimising waste and maximising profit.

Group Managing Director Simon Lowin explained: “We now have a much clearer understanding about lean manufacturing and have already implemented the techniques in our business in preparation for future changes. It’s a proven methodology for manufacturing businesses, but the principles could easily be applied to any industry.”

Simon Stewart, Business Development Manager at the Northampton College Business Centre, said: “There’s been a definite increase in interest in the BIT programme in recent months. The qualification essentially gives candidates the knowledge to improve business performance as a whole by minimising waste and maximising profits. The idea is that every employee in an organisation – from top level management through to front line staff – has a contribution to make to improving efficiency, productivity and thus revenue. Currently, we can save a company up to £10,000 per employee who follows the BIT programme. In competitive environments, it’s the small changes that can make all the difference.”

The College, which had to meet strict criteria to become an approved provider, offers the BIT programme at Levels 2 and 3. To find out more about BIT or to discuss your training needs, call the Business Centre on 01604 734 323 or visit

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