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Envirolean in Horticulture

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Although horticulture and agriculture are considerably impacted by environmental and climate change, like elsewhere the sector is being constantly challenged to deliver more environmentally sustainable produce. The economic advantages are considerable, with growing consumer demand for more sustainable produce and increasing regulation eliminating unsustainable practice or making them cost prohibitive (through for example, taxation). Therefore producing more sustainable produce can not only reduce costs, it can be a key differentiator in securing more sales.

Consequently Footwork First have been developing its envirolean products in partnership with Fedden USP who specialise in implementing lean and process improvement in Horticulture trade. The programme uses the core tools and techniques of “lean and process improvement” which at their heart improve customer value and eliminate inefficient practices to enhance environmental performance. Specifically the programme  addresses traditional business performance metrics (quality, cost and delivery) through the application of proven lean tools, and additionally the environmental performance opportunities (reducing both the consumption of energy, material and water and levels of waste).

Initial trials have again shown that the adoption of these techniques gives the dual benefit of environmental performance improvement which can reduce costs or improve the image of the organisation as well as more traditional measure of business improvement (e.g. delivery, cost, quality).

The National Enterprise Academy on BBC News Channel

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Aye Jenyo, Student from the National Enterprise Academy appeared on the BBC News Channel

As Footwork First led the funding aquisition and support the development of products for the National Enterprise Academy since its inception, we are delighted to see students of the academy getting the profile they rightly deserve.

Footwork First support Profit from Low Carbon Footprinting and Lean Design Workshops

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the South East has again asked David Crowfoot to join a panel of experts at two regional events. David will bring his expertise in Envirolean to support the workshop and with the MAS SE specialist run a simulation showing the environmental benefits of introducing lean.

This one-day practical workshop will enable businesses to evaluate its operations, products and services along key environmental criterion. Businesses will be able to bring along their product and packaging for evaluation by the expert team and learn how to undertake a carbon footprint and reduce their company’s emissions.