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    NAA Member News: Plus Point opens new office in Filey and is shortlisted for Awards

    Plus Point Quality (Plus Point) has opened a new office in Filey, North Yorkshire to expand its quality control training to a new region of the country…

    After liaising with key automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the region, Cheshire-based Plus Point is aiming to bring the company’s quality control and training services closer them. It sees Filey as the ideal location to access the North East and North Yorkshire automotive market.

    Speaking about the new office opening, Plus Point Managing Director Mark Sweeney said: “We’re focused on delivering our quality control personnel, process and performance along with the supportive CPD-accredited training programmes at a local level.

    Last year we opened an office in South Wales and automotive manufacturers have benefitted from our presence. After speaking with key automotive people in the region and the Northern Automotive Alliance we hope to replicate this success in the North East and North Yorkshire.”

    The training has been formulated by Plus Point’s in-house training professionals who have worked with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) body to deliver an informative, effective and rewarding programme. By working with CPD, Plus Point has been able to design a training programme which will improve the skill sets and knowledge of manufacturing staff and contribute towards CPD points.

    The programme promotes the concepts of lean awareness, which develops an understanding of best practice in manufacturing core tools. This is comprised of several elements such as problem-solving and risk assessment in the manufacturing process as well as Lean Sigma. These management techniques are intended to improve business processes by significantly reducing the chance that an error or defect will occur.

    The training will be delivered by accredited trainer Mark Hancock, who will also provide ongoing support following completion of the programme. Mark said: “No other inspection service in the UK provides this level of support and training. After speaking with various automotive organisations and manufacturers in the region we found that there was an opportunity to upskill people working in the industry. We’re looking to replicate the success we’ve seen in other areas of the country and bring it to the North East and North Yorkshire and have already seen an uptake in the courses.”

    As well as providing CPD accredited training, Plus Point supplies complete, fully managed professional service solutions for automotive manufacturing quality issues. The company assesses risks as part of a quality inspection service which identifies potential problems and proposes solutions to prevent them happening in the first place.

    Plus Point has also been nominated for two of the most prestigious awards at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce business awards.

    Plus Point is a contender for the business of the year and also a personal accolade as Managing Director Mark Sweeney has been shortlisted for business person of the year.

    Speaking about the nomination Mark Sweeney said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be nominated. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by everyone involved with Plus Point. It’s been a transformational year for the company as we continued growing our quality control service and launched our CPD accredited Plus Point Improvement Programme. We’re looking forward to the event and we’re really pleased to be nominated alongside some terrific other businesses.”

    Plus Point has experienced phenomenal growth in the previous 12 months, doubling its turnover. It has reinvested its profits back into the business, launching the Plus Point Improvement Programme, a CPD accredited automotive training programme designed to upskill those working in the manufacturing industry. Mark Sweeney has been working with the Wirral Chamber, Local Enterprise Partnerships and growth hubs to identify regions in the North West and across the UK which would benefit from the training. As a result, Plus Point recently signed a deal with one of the UK’s largest manufacturers to become their sole training provider.

    The annual Wirral Chamber of Commerce business awards recognises the outstanding commitment and achievements of Wirral based organisations to the business community. It is typically attended by more than 520 key business leaders, making it one of the largest events in the region.

    The winners of the awards will be revealed at a black tie gala on 22nd September 2017 at the luxurious Thornton Manor.

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