Our delivery Systems

Improving your profit Margin

Profit is the reward for enterprise – it’s why you’re in business.




Profit is the reward for enterprise – it’s why you’re in business. But in today’s turbulent marketplace, it’s likely that your profitability is being threatened by intense and continual downward pressure on your margins. Your challenge is to improve them – but how?

At Clive Whitegate we know that the key to margin improvement lies in a combination of sales growth, optimised purchasing techniques, highly-effective performance improvement programmes and relevant management coaching – and we can help with all of this.

  • We are not a Group of Consultants – We are a pragmatic Team of Operators with proven Track Records of delivering sustainable improvements.
  • We are not theorists – We have developed Lean Products & Processes from a vast array of experiences and an in depth understanding of how the Real World works.
  • Our products and services are not “off the shelf” – Our Client offerings are bespoke solutions ranging  from On-Line Training to full Business Transformation.
  • We provide true Value for Money through tailored Financial packages to meet the different needs of individual Clients.

Our tools are led by a process of Kaizen which can quickly deliver sustainable and significant results into your business.

The Japanese word kaizen simply means “change for better”, with inherent meaning of either “continuous” or “philosophy” in Japanese dictionaries and in everyday use. The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word “improvement””.

At Clive Whitegate we use Kaizen extensively because it is a strategy where employees at all levels of a company work together proactively to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the manufacturing process. In a sense, it combines the collective talents within a company to create a powerful engine for improvement.

Our engagement can deliver simply a diagnostic or full roll out of a response programme tailored to the problem or challenge in hand. The choice is yours dependent on your culture and affordability.


Interim Management

Since 2005, our team has built up significant experience of managing substantial structural change in business situations such as: –

  • Financial stress or distress.
  • Declining profitability.
  • Insufficient resources to ensure the long-term future of the company.
  • Declining business performance compared to competitors’ performance.
  • Leadership faced with unexpected issues or new opportunities.

We deploy experienced interim managers in place to lead change. We accept individual or team appointments and assume various responsibilities, up to and including CEO, CFO and CRO

These individuals are prepared to replace or supplement your existing management team, working seamlessly across national borders if required.

Our Case Studies demonstrate the breadth of what we can do, and our testimonials show the success that can be achieved.



Running a business can be lonely. Sometimes you look over your shoulder looking for help but there is nobody there!

Difficult issues sometimes cannot be discussed with your Team or you may be concerned about confidentiality. How can you bounce things around to arrive at an appropriate course of action?

A simple confidential conversation with an independent and experienced voice can often clarify thought and help to make that decision.

Whether you need a general chat with somebody who has been there, or you need specialist advice about a specific issue Clive Whitegate can help.

We can provide appropriate direct access to specialist advisors quickly and efficiently providing service when you need it.

Coaching can be a solution to all these frustrations.

Applicable to all businesses and individuals, Business Coaching is very similar to sports coaching. A sports coach pushes an athlete to achieve optimum performance, support when they are exhausted and teaches the athlete to execute plays that their competition doesn’t anticipate.

A sports coach will tell it how it is………

A Business Coach does many of the same things, but in a way that is focussed on creating a successful business and making you an individual success.

Engagements can be formal or informal, short term or into the future all tailored to your specific needs.



To get the best out of your people and for your people to achieve the best impact from your business improvement initiatives effective training is essential.

At Clive Whitegate we can train your people in general subjects such as Lean Management including Lean Leadership or alternatively we can develop bespoke training to deliver a specific result targeted at one ensuring your people “buy in” to your initiatives.

One of our Clients wanted to train in “Single Piece Flow” and why change was needed to move to a cleaner manufacturing environment. We developed a “Clean Lean” course and every member of a 200 person workforce attended and had renewed enthusiasm once they understood the “hows and whys”.

Dave was initially engaged to prepare an Operations Improvement Plan for one of our facilities in USA. This was completed on time and presented back to the UK Management Team for acceptance. Subsequently, Dave worked with local management on implementation including the design and creation of a new operations team through to the early stages of a continuous improvement culture. He managed the Trans-Atlantic cultural differences with confidence and successfully gained acceptance and support for change using his direct yet supportive approach. We asked Dave to repeat this exercise with our Canadian Plant. Dave is clearly a highly experienced operator able to quickly adapt to different industry sectors and situations using his people management skills. I would not hesitate to use him again.

CEO, Weetabix

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