The UK’s premier security product manufacturer, Texecom Ltd., based in Haslingden, won three awards at the Yorkshire Productivity Awards 2011. Two were Individual Awards, for Samantha Richards and Mike Howlett, and one was for the company as a whole.
The Awards aim to recognise the value and importance of good productivity practices, particularly emphasising efficiency and ‘lean’ thinking. This enables businesses to maximise their productivity to time and effort ratio, easing burdens on employees whilst increasing output.
Alistair Gladstone, Divisional Director of Yorkshire Productivity, commented:
“Texecom was recognised as a company that has been travelling down the lean productivity road for some years. The tangible improvements achieved as a result, highlighted in their awards entry, were fundamental to their success in winning this award.”
“In particular, their adoption of a lean culture has enabled them to integrate a new business into their fold much more successfully than would have been possible otherwise.”
The Individual Awards to Samantha and Mike reflected the real differences they had made to their working environments and business practices. Both have recently completed their NVQ level 2 BIT training courses, making substantial and enthusiastic contributions throughout the programmes and further developing both their learning and application of the productivity skills involved.
Texecom’s company award came in no small part due to their recent integration of Klaxon Signals, a leading audio and visual alarm signalling manufacturer and fellow subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., into their existing set up. Having started the ‘lean journey’ in late 2007 with mass NVQ training for staff, the company had freed up enough space and resources by 2010 that the decision was made to merge operations to improve efficiency and service levels for both Texecom and Klaxon brand customers.