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William Grant and SonsMay 2012    CBA are delighted to be selected to deliver the William Grant & Sons Six Sigma Programme. The initial emphasis of this major programme will be in the bottling operational areas.


Smith AndersonMay 2012    CBA have been chosen to support Smith Anderson in their latest Six Sigma Programme. The programme will kick off in May with some Green Belt training.


Castle PrecisionMay 2012   CBA have been selected to support Castle Precision Engineering with their latest FMEA effort. This technique is a well established method for risk identification and reduction within Designs, Processes, and Services.


Scottish EnterpriseFeb 2012   CBA are proud to have been selected to provide Six Sigma training for the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)  which is part of Scottish Enterprise. The programme starts this month.


Babock Marine logoFeb 2012   CBA will be supporting Babcock Rosyth in the delivery of their Employee Engagement roll-out. This is a major strategic programme for the facility and is scheduled to be active till 2014. The work is split into 4 major engagement areas.



QAS CopakJan 2012   CBA continue to provide Business Improvement services for QAS Copak. The work includes implementation of Lean processes and support for establishing new production lines in new factory locations.


Mathiesons BakeryNov 2011   CBA have been selected to provide Business Improvement services to Mathiesons Bakery.



Life TechnologiesSep 2011   CBA have successfully completed a project to implement Standard Work within one of the chemical mixing areas at LifeTech.



CompugraphicsJuly 2011  CBA are engaged in deploying FocalPoint,  the Strategy & Performance Management tool at Compugraphics in Glenrothes.


Quality ScotlandJune 2011 CBA are proud to be sponsoring the Quality Scotland Excellence Awards on 7th June. We will be demonstrating our new FocalPoint system at the event.


Scottish EnterpriseJune 2011   CBA are pleased to be participating in the European Knowledge transfer programme offered by Scottish Enterprise. We are currently developing a partnership agreement with a company in Finland.

Six SigmaMay 2011  CBA are providing Business Improvement Services to Vernacare, Bolton who provide Macerator machines to international health markets.


5S TrainingFeb 2011   CBA have developed  5S  Train-the –Trainer materials for organisations. Such a programme  is currently being deployed at HM Naval Base Clyde.



Lean Six SigmaNov  2010   CBA have now completed the delivery of the latest LifeTech  Six Sigma programme. This included training practitioners to Black Belt level.



FocalPointJul 2010 – CBA is proud to announce the latest release of our  “Strategy FocalPoint” product. This innovative system provides clients with software based Strategy Deployment and Performance Management capabilities. The tool is web based and has a host of client benefits and new features, many of which we believe are unique. We are hugely excited about this latest release which has been in development  for the past 12 months. The system has already attracted major interest and we are currently engaged in deployment discussions with a variety of prospective clients.

North British DistilleryJul 2010 – CBA has been commissioned through Scottish Enterprise to provide Lean services to North British Distillery. The first assignment is to provide awareness training. The lead consultant for this work is our new associate Chris McCann.

S&OPJun 2010 – This month CBA supported the introduction of an S&OP process (Integrated Business Management) at a major engineering organisation. A cross functional implementation team was assembled and the new process was designed. Roll-out will begin next month.

Lessons LearnedJun 2010 – CBA is now supporting a “Lessons Learned” programme for a client who require a standardised process to capture and spread best practice across the organisation. The lead consultant for this work is our associate Graham Forbes. “Idea Re-Use” is an area in which Graham has developed great expertise and much experience.

KanthalMay 2010 – CBA has been commissioned to perform a Product Reliability Engineering assessment at Kanthal who produce silicon carbide heating elements. Colin Barr will call on his previous experience as Reliability Engineering Manager at DEC.

AAMApr 2010 – CBA will lead another 5S improvement programme at Albion Automotive. The lead consultant for this work is our associate John Craig.

Lean Six SigmaMar 2010 – Over the next 6 months CBA will be facilitating  “Open” Six Sigma training being hosted by Life Technologies but with participants from other industries.

GlobeMar 2010 – CBA is supporting a client on a Procurement and Logistics improvement programme. A significant new contract for the client means that the entire Logistics process will have to be re-engineered. The lead consultant is our associate John Craig.

Student Loans Company
Feb 2010
- CBA has just completed a Lean & Six Sigma programme supporting the Process Improvement Department at The Student Loans Company. This is the organisations first exposure to the methodology.

Scottish EnterpriseOct 2009 - Official Supplier to SMAS
CBA is delighted to announce that we have been selected as a supplier of consultancy services to the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) which is part of Scottish Enterprise. Specifically we will be providing Lean Manufacturing support to facilitate improvement within Scottish business. We are looking forward to developing this new relationship and are confident that the partnership will benefit small and medium sized enterprises in particular.

Consort Medical logoSep 2009 - Consort Medical
CBA has embarked on a programme to develop the strategic direction and framework of Continuous Improvement at Consort Medical. This interesting new development follows a restructuring of the business and builds on the successes the company has delivered via the use of Six Sigma.

Bar chart representing reduction in process cycle timeMay 2009 - >30% Cycle Time Reduction
CBA has successfully delivered a 30% reduction in process cycle time for a client requiring high volume, fast, but secure access to their offices. We applied mathematical models to the complex queuing situation to understand process sensitivities. We used a DMAIC approach and deployed techniques such as VSM, Cause-Effect-Screen, and Process Capability.

5S video workMay 2009 - 5S Video
We have now pulled together a video of our recent 5S work. It demonstrates how the 5S process works and the huge improvements that this simple technique can bring in a very short space of time. We are very encouraged by the success of this programme which has delivered major "hard" and "soft" benefits.

Change leader deliveryMar 2009 - Change Management Programme
CBA is delivering our specially designed Change Leader programme at Babcock Marine Warships Business based in Rosyth. This organisation is moving into a new era of growing the business. Our engagement at Rosyth represents an expansion of the Change Management programme we established with Babcock Marine Clyde.

5S programmeFeb 2009 - 5S Programme
CBA has been commissioned to drive a major programme of 5S work at HMNB Faslane. The work will include training employees in the technique as well as facilitating a number of Kaizen Blitz events. The scope includes both workshop and office areas.

Six SigmaDec 2008 - Sponsors of Third International Conference on Six Sigma
CBA were proud to sponsor the International Six Sigma conference held in Edinburgh in December. The conference was opened by Jim Mather (Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism) and the keynote speakers included Douglas Montgomery (World renowned expert in SPC and DOE) and Roger Hoerl (GE Global Research). This busy conference combined commercial and research papers on Six Sigma. We found the workshops hosted by Shirley Coleman (Newcastle Unviersity) on DOE, and Alan Harrison (The Weir Group) on Lean, particularly interesting.

Networking eventNov 2008 - Motorola Networking Event
We were delighted to see over 50 current and ex-Motorola managers who came to our reunion event in Glasgow in November. It was great to meet up with some of our old colleagues and catch up on the latest news. A good time was had by all. The event was co-sponsored by ourselves, Keyshift Associates and Solutions Driven.

BiorelianceSept 2008 - New Green Belts at BioReliance
CBA has just kicked off the second group of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training at BioReliance, Scotland. The first group was a huge success with all nine Green Belt projects delivered to a successful conclusion. This work is helping BioReliance meet it’s aggressive operational objectives.

Babock Marine logoAug 2008 - Change Leaders at BM
Another wave of our Change leader programme is being organised for delivery at Babcock Marine. This builds on the existing capability which the organisation has, and positions BM for a wider range of change projects to be successfully delivered. The programme will run over the next six months.

Metalysis logoJuly 2008 - Metalysis Improves It’s Processes
Metalysis is an exciting start up company based in Rotherham and has developed leading technology to produce and supply speciality metals. Metalysis are currently reviewing their key processes using our Improvement Auditor approach.

Invitrogen logoJune 2008 - Invitrogen Norway
Our fourth successful visit to Invitrogen in Oslo. The Dynal team has developed an amazing “separation product” which combines chemical and biological structures and has important medical applications. The organisation is trying to achieve better efficiencies from their processes. We were involved in supporting that effort using Value Stream Mapping and in delivering Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training.

JABIL LOGOMay 2008 - Jabil International Black Belts
Our most international cast of experts have now completed their Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training !  These Jabil Black Belt sessions had participants from Brazil, Mexico, France, Finland, Hungary, and Scotland. The course was held in Dutch (only kidding !) Our location was wonderful Harburn Estate in West Lothian where the food is absolutely World Class!

India of InchinnanMar 2008 - India of Inchinnan
This was the location of two recent Project Management events which we facilitated. We were impressed by the building, the facilities, and by the helpful staff. If you need a conference facility in the area, India of Inchinnan is definitely worth a look.

Kelvin Hughes logoJan 2008 - Kelvin Hughes Contract
We are proud to have been awarded a contract to deliver a Six Sigma programme for Kelvin Hughes in partnership with our friends at TQMI. This group of companies has a long tradition specialising in radar and ocean navigation. One of the projects focuses on Repair Reliability.