The Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme is a business support programme which aims to work with Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Leeds City Region. On this occasion LCR SC Programme has been working with company operating within healthcare industry.
Visual Systems Healthcare delivers vital healthcare support solutions to the public and private healthcare sector. From the operational management of hospitals to the optimisation of patient flow and experience, Visual Systems Healthcare services are in use with most of the NHS Trusts in the UK (more information here: https://visualsystemshealthcare.co.uk/)
The company systems help to manage day-by-day operations and to achieve the financial and quality inspection targets. Visual Systems Healthcare is a market leader of visual planning solutions for lean management of the acute care wards. With stable performance in recent years, Visual Systems Healthcare aims for further growth and therefore reached out for support to formulate how the future is going to look.
After couple of strategic reviews with LCR SC Programme, company recognised opportunities in the market with the ambition to grow at least 10% year on year. Therefore, to achieve projected growth and exploit further market opportunities, LCR Supply Chain Programme helped business realise the need for a comprehensive strategy update. With the financial support of grant funding, Visual Systems Healthcare was able to outsource the development of market strategy and more in-depth understanding of customers’ needs. Furthermore, the work that has been delivered by an external specialist including expertise knowledge for market entry mechanism with the view of serving a wide range of high performing customers. On top of that, the development of new market penetration strategy with the use of digital channels to support supply chain expansion taken place. To complete the strategic review, it was also essential to provide an evaluation of product design and product design recommendation report within the context of export. All of this has been achieved with the support provided by LCR SC Programme.
Christopher Hunter, Managing Director of Visual Systems Healthcare, summarises LCR Supply Chain Programme support:
The team at the supply chain programme have been extremely helpful, advisory and supportive in helping me find the right project to grow our business. Through a series of informative meetings and a simple application process, our project was approved quickly and we were able to commence work immediately. I would highly recommend a discussion with the team.
The unique and impactful support offer of the Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme is a result of significant commercial experience of a field team and access to academic knowledge of the University of Huddersfield’s wide variety of expertise including Supply Chain Management, Precision Engineering and Technology Innovation.
LCR SC Programme offers to any eligible business the strategic review of current operations, help with the development of a three-year action plan with the potential of grant support for the implementation of the project. The project which can include and help with any of the below areas of operations:
- Cost Reduction
- Productivity improvement
- Logistics and Delivery
- Customer service and customer satisfaction
- Financial Management
- Technology Adoption and R&D
Furthermore, LCR SC Programme insightful diagnostic of supply chain operations open possibility to referrals and access to other business support programmes operating in both Leeds City Region LEP and nationwide.
Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme is funded by The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). This is the EU’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. The Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme is funded by one of the five distinct funds of ESIF; The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This offers financial support to development and structural adjustment of regional economies.
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