Caerphilly County Borough Council has collaborated with Welsh Government to provide an opportunity to local manufacturing businesses with more than 10 employees, to access the Tech Valleys’ Business Productivity Enhancement Programme. The programme includes a free diagnostic of your company with comprehensive support. The support package will include implementation support, skills development, research and development, export, and grant support for capital expenditure.
The Tech Valleys’ Business Productivity Enhancement Programme encourages SMEs to:
- Future proof their business through becoming more efficient
- Introduce new technologies
- Diversify their customer bases
- Develop new products
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Business Support Team had the opportunity to discuss how the Caerphilly Business Productivity Enhancement Programme has affected one of our local manufacturing companies...
Lexon Group is a print, project handling and fulfilment company, that produces creative print solutions and innovative ideas for their clients.
Dominic Hartley, Commercial Director of Lexon Group explained “We print and finish everything in house which reduces our environmental footprint and saves time.”
The company aims to be as sustainable as possible, providing reports for their clients with information such as where the packaging is sourced and reports on wastage.
The Tech Valley’s Business Productivity Enhancement Programme has helped Lexon Group by providing an in-depth diagnostic of the business and vital funding to bring in house a new foiling machine to reduce lead times from between 4-8 weeks to under a week. It also supported a new web to pack e-commerce interactive based design solution, to simplify its customer’s process for ordering online.
Mr Hartley continues “I received an email from my Managing Director over a year ago regarding the Business Productivity Enhancement Programme. We were looking to enhance our productivity, we thought it may be a good idea to apply as we had a project in mind already.”
With the support, lead times will reduce significantly with the new foiling machine and e-commerce customer interactive based design solution, which will help the business grow its product packaging business. The customer is now able to choose the packaging they require, upload the dimensions required and the e-commerce solution would produce the packaging in 3D, enabling the customer to customise with logos and branding and then proceed to checkout, where the team will produce the order to the exact customer requirements.
The Lexon Group also took advantage of the Tech Valley’s Business Enhancement Programme diagnostic overview. Mr Hartley explained “There were so many different areas as we’re quite unique. Our consultant sent a 15-page report and I was impressed with the recommendations of the report. He was a really smashing guy, his report was in-depth and thorough even though he wasn’t from a packaging background. I would recommend applying!”
Should you be interested in accessing more information on the Tech Valley’s Business Productivity Enhancement Programme, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that applicants must be an SME Welsh-based manufacturing company with more than 10 employees.