Monday, 30 April 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

UK Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

At the Houses of Parliament last month, I met with two people from the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group to discuss raising the profile of Pharmaceutical  Manufacturing in the UK Manufacturing Sector. If you are part of that Sector, read the following statements with pride.

In the UK, the Pharma Industry:

o   Employs 72,000 people directly, plus 250,000 in related industries
o   Generates £14.6B in  exports
o   Contributes £8.4B into the national GDP (out of a total Manufacturing of £140B)
o   Creates a Trade surplus of £4.3B
o   Over 12% of National Total Manufacturing Gross Value added is due to "Pharma, Chemicals and Bioscience" Sector, second only to "Food, Beverages and Tobacco."
o   That Sector has the 2nd largest sector growth in Manufacturing in the last 15 years , 2nd only to  the "Aircraft, rail, marine,and motorcycles" Sector.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Adapt is the name of a book by Tim Harford, (Adapt Book page on Tim Harfords website) who works at the Financial Times and presents the excellent Radio 4 program More or Less (Statistics and numbers in the Public Eye, wrestled to the ground).

Adapt is a well researched and readable book that explores the concept of the need for failure in order to thrive on a Market, Corporate and Personal level. He brings together some solid thinking on what we need to do to bring that concept into successful practice.

Many books in the "business" or "personal achievement" shelves will use a simple but eye-catching phrase as the basis of their Life Elixir, and then dredge up plenty of repetitive anecdotal evidence to support it. Not Adapt. In this book, Tim stays "loyal to his readers", by using rigorous studies and trials reported in the public domain to support the work.

This excellent book is worth a read (no, I haven't received any financial reward, this is just one of my occasional book recommendations... for the others click around on Amazon, or look at Book review labels in this Blog).

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Site Leadership

Are you a Site Leader?

A Site Leader is responsible for the well-being of the site at which they work. It is essential that you work there. No absentee landlords please. You will be morally responsible for the Health, Environmental impact and Safety of the people on the Site and the community surrounding you. This area may have a functional head, reporting elsewhere in a large organization, but you know it’s yours to own.

There’s an issue. 

You are part of a large organization aren’t you? You aren’t the sole arbiter of the Site’s position in that large organization. You maybe the Site Director, Operations Manager, Chief Operating Officer. Whatever the title, you are the “SoD”, the Senior on Duty, whenever you’re there. When you aren’t, someone of your choosing is.

Your site could be a Manufacturing Site, a major office, Call centre…It doesn’t matter. You are in charge. You have a team, yes, that is vital; but you carry the load.

The problems you face will be many, and occasionally serious. The performance of the site will be measured on a Global stage, but impacted by local rules, expectations and history.

I'm thinking of starting a Linkedin Group for Site Leaders to share ideas. Anyone interested?