Libra Europe expands with new office in Manchester

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Libra Europe Consulting has confirmed the opening of a new office in the centre of Manchester as it continues to extend its service provision to help clients transform performance and productivity through effective management of change. The additional regional presence in the north-west will provide the consultancy with improved flexibility in the change management support it provides for clients across the retail, food and drink, logistics, transport and financial sectors.

Libra Europe Consulting’s Chief Executive, Tim Kershaw, says;

“Working with clients all over the UK as well as overseas, it’s vital for us to have the operational flexibility and resources to meet their precise needs and priorities.

Most of our work is undertaken on site with each of our clients as we believe firmly that close staff engagement and motivation are absolutely vital for any successful change management programme. However, it’s important we also have agility in our own operation and we’ve been looking at options in the north-west area for some time. I’m delighted that our growing team of consultants now have a dedicated resource in the heart of the region’s largest city as it will increase our service capabilities and responsiveness.”

Working with clients from KP Snacks, Princes, Samworth Brothers and J Sainsbury’s to XPO Logistics, SIG Distribution, Northern Rail and Mastercard, Libra Europe Consulting has built a reputation for applying flair and specialist expertise to help companies maximise their operational and commercial performance. The consultancy’s innovative yet pragmatic approach continues to break the mould of conventional change management principles and the results achieved have consistently exceeded the targets and expectations of clients.

The consultancy’s new Manchester office is conveniently located in Oxford Street near Manchester Piccadilly station and includes hot desk areas for its consultants as well as meeting rooms, a presentation suite and an informal business lounge.

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Libra Europe unveils its new Learning and Development enterprise

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Libra Europe Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of its latest venture Libra-3E, a learning & development enterprise with an emphasis on engaging, empowering and enabling teams to perform at the highest levels. The establishment of this new operation follows Libra’s recent award of Main Provider status on the UK Government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). It also marks the latest development in the company’s deep-rooted commitment to life-long learning and skills development.

Led by Ben Davies, who joined Libra in 2018, Libra-3E will operate as a RoATP approved training provider, allowing Libra to access Apprenticeship Levy funding and provide clients access to Libra’s world-class training and team development through recognised National Apprenticeship Standards including:

·   Level 3 Improvement Technician

·   Level 4 Improvement Practitioner

·   Level 5 Improvement Specialist

Ben Davies, who leads Libra-3E commented;

‘An appropriately skilled workforce is essential for all businesses, but the speed of organisational change and the need to keep upskilling staff is a constant challenge for many of our clients. We have chosen to launch Libra-3E with these apprenticeship standards as they fit very well with our client’s skills development needs as well as matching Libra’s core expertise in change management and continuous improvement. Our focus is to combine this expertise with our unique insight as change management and transformation specialists, to deliver highly relevant training, in a way which inspires learning for the individual which likewise helps companies maximise their operational and commercial performance.’

 

For more information on how Libra Europe can help you with your skills development and training needs, please email: ben.davies@libraeurope.com or call 0207 290 9020

 

 

Libra Europe Consulting creates focussed divisions

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Building on a period of sustained growth across its operations, Libra Europe Consulting have made some changes, which will see the company operate as 4 distinct businesses focussing on specific areas of client need. The move comes in response to growing demand for the company’s specialist consultancy offerings, which underpin its core change management services.

Libra-3E

Libra-3E will focus on Learning & Development with the emphasis on engaging, empowering and enabling teams to perform at higher levels. Led by Ben Davies who joined Libra in 2018, Libra-3E will operate as an approved training provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), to deliver levy funded apprenticeship training.

Libra Solutions Partners

Libra Solutions Partners is led by Andrew Fenton who has worked with Libra since 2013. LSP is already working with clients supporting them with the vendor selection process as well as on-boarding of software solutions. The value proposition is to ensure a thorough understanding and alignment of business needs, process and the engagement of end users before commissioning commences, something that is often overlooked in the rush to implement a new application.

Libra Transaction Partners

Libra Transaction Partners will spearhead Libra’s continuing work on Sales, Mergers, Acquisitions and Turnarounds. Philip Gill will lead our internal team and network of partners to leverage our extensive knowledge of business transformation and provide a turnkey solution for owners and buyers through the deal cycle. Philip joined Libra in 2012 and to date has led the organisation’s analysis function.

Libra Change Partners

Libra Change Partners will initially be led by Bob Heward, working alongside Michael Carson, who will step up to the role of Head of Analysis, having joined Libra in 2018 from SIG Plc. We will continue to operate as change management experts and to partner with clients to deliver meaningful performance improvements and sustainable change to their businesses.

Bob Heward commented;

‘We firmly believe this new structure will result in the sum being greater than the individual parts.

It will provide our clients with a clearer proposition and our growing team with opportunities to work across business units or to specialise. We’ll continue to emphasise pragmatic and practical solutions, openness and integrity in how we operate and our commitment to underpinning client teams and supporting them to deliver on their objectives remains as strong as ever. We look forward to working with both existing and new clients as we help them negotiate their own sustainable routes to successful change.’

If you’d like to learn more, please get in touch: contact@libraeurope.com

Change management consultancy’s dramatic growth attributed to fresh thinking and pragmatism

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Challenging convention and pinpointing the real barriers to change is continuing to underpin the success of change management specialist Libra Europe Consulting. As it approaches its 20th anniversary, new contracts with the likes of VJ Technology, XPO Logistics and Princes has seen the progressive consultancy double in size over the past year. According to Chief Executive, Tim Kershaw, the dramatic growth of the business demonstrates the importance of fresh thinking and pragmatism as retail and logistics operations face up to the relentless squeeze on margins, fierce global competition and the constraints of legacy structures and processes.

“Just as the retail and logistics sectors are having to grapple with constantly shifting business priorities, so too has the need for anyone working in the field of change management to reassess the practicalities and realities for achieving the best outcomes. Our collaborative and hands-on approach to help clients fulfil their operational and performance objectives clearly resonates with businesses struggling to adapt and identify or address those factors that are compromising growth, efficiencies and competitiveness.

Today, it is clear that effective change management strategies cannot be imposed. There needs to be true engagement and a real commitment to embrace new ways of doing things, new responsibilities and new mindsets. Showing how to achieve that level of connection and supportive attitude has helped our team of consultants to transform productivity and performance for clients throughout the retail and logistics sectors without creating new obstacles or deferring progress. I have no doubt that such a pragmatic approach has underpinned our success and growth over the past few years.”

J Sainsbury’s, M&S, XPO Logistics, Samworth Brothers, KP Snacks, SIG Distribution and Bakkavor – Cucina Sano are among the growing number of clients benefitting from the expertise and insight of Libra Europe Consulting. And, in tandem with the consultancy’s growth, recent additions to Libra’s team of specialist consultants include Learning and Development Manager, Ben Davies; Senior Business Analyst, Michael Carson; Senior Consultant, Christos Zorzompokos; and Project Manager, Katy Wicks.

The consultancy benefits from close partnerships with key software providers to provide clients with robust and proven tools to deliver the most effective and sustainable outcomes, including Llamasoft supply chain planning software, Siemens Preactor APS production planning and scheduling software, MRPEasy cloud-based MRP software. It has also recently confirmed a new partnership with Gemba Solutions production management software to provide an effective Shop Floor Data Capture solution.

“We’re determined to deliver change management solutions that reflect fully the unique parameters, dynamics and market influences of our clients,”

“Building on our strengths and our knowledge of the logistics and retail sectors, we will continue to challenge convention and open minds to the collective and personal benefits of progressive and proactive change. In doing so, we will act as a catalyst for instilling the belief and assurance to help our clients look to the future with confidence rather than trepidation.”

Tim Kershaw, Chief Executive Officer

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Libra Europe Consulting agree partnership deal with Gemba Solutions Ltd

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Libra Europe Consulting are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Production Efficiency Solution provider, Gemba Solutions Ltd.

This exciting new venture combines our experience of transforming operational performance through developing people and robust processes with an effective Shop Floor Data Capture solution.

“Gemba Solutions enables our clients to effortlessly attain manufacturing performance data to inform their decision-making process. Working in partnership with Libra, this will create a real benefit for all our clients who want to identify and realise potential savings opportunities.”

Andrew Fenton, Director, Libra Europe Consulting Limited

About Gemba Solutions Ltd

Some of the features available through Gemba include:

  • ANDON System – The ANDON screen displays the real-time production status, so you can see what is happening on your shop floor

  • OEE Software – Maximise your production output whilst maintaining product quality. It can track a suit of KPIs to help you benchmark plant and process efficiency and identify areas for improvement.

  • SIC - Provides you with a mechanism to visually illustrate, collect and analyse data at regular short intervals, and to implement and verify the effectiveness of corrective actions.

  • Production Call System - Transmit requests for support (i.e. maintenance required, machine breakdown, no materials etc.) from the shop-floor via email, lamp tower etc, with a closed-loop escalation process to ensure issues are dealt with effectively.

  • Real-Time Inventory tracking, Electronic documentation upload, Maintenance management, Customer reporting, Work order tracking and more…

For further information on this partnership please contact Andrew Fenton at andrew.fenton@libraeurope.com

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We Are Recruiting!

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We are currently recruiting various Consultant and Project Manager roles within the business. We are looking for results-driven professionals with experience of change/people management who have the energy and capability to join a dynamic and passionate team.

Successful candidates will be employed to work in project teams, working directly with client stakeholders to ensure design and delivery of agreed objectives are achieved to time and cost.

Please visit our Careers page for more information and job descriptions or contact us at contact@libraeurope.com

New Website Announcement

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After months of hard work from the team, we are proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, www.libraeurope.com.

We have redesigned it with you in mind; simple navigation and streamlined content, built with a responsive design for both desktop and mobile platforms that also provides more resources and information on what we can do for you.

After evaluating our old site, our goal was to improve accessibility to content and information while creating a user-friendly browsing experience for our valued customers and business partners.

This refreshing rebrand has brought a more modern and exciting feel that is inline with the work we do with our clients daily.

For any questions, feedback or enquiries please visit our Contact page to get in touch

Libra Europe Consulting partner agreement with Global Supply Chain Technology firm LLamasoft

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Libra Europe Consulting have today announced a partnership with Supply Chain Technology giant LLamasoft. The partnership combines Libras extensive supply chain & operations background with LLamasoft's market-leading supply chain technology.

‘Working with LLamasoft adds a suite of tools to our offering that we feel will create competitive advantages for our client base. The combination of LLamasoft technology with Libra consulting resources is a great platform for better understanding and optimising local and global supply chain networks’

Bob Heward, Managing Partner, Libra Europe Consulting Limited

LLamasoft enables organisations around the world to model and optimise their supply chain operations for major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation. The partnership provides LLamasoft with additional capacity in a key market and Duncan Mack, LLamasoft Alliances Director EMEA, outlined the importance of this strategic relationship with LEC.

“LLamasoft are delighted to have signed a Partner Agreement with Libra Europe Consulting. Both sides are committed to combine their complementary strengths to provide compelling solutions for customers who need to either optimise or transform their supply chains”.

For further information on this partnership please contact Michael Carson at michael.carson@libraeurope.com

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