Lean and SMED

"Very good course, very enjoyable"

"Very deep knowledge of trainer, he was able to give many examples from real production. Very valuable and enjoyable training"

"Tim was able to answer any questions with real life examples. He was patient, if we were stuck or confused, he simplified it."

"Liked the fact that there were thought provoking questions"

"Course is really well presented and very easy to follow"

Lean Six Sigma Training

"Course tailored to meet needs well, really enjoyed it. Thanks"
"I liked how the final exercise brought all the stats pieces together"

"Training has been very useful and within a good working atmosphere"
"Trainer delivered the course well, went over each subject well and in depth"
"The trainer was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic"
"Motivated and well educated"

"Excellent delivery of some complex concepts. I feel much better prepared to embark on my project having received the training"
"Very useful course, explained very well with great engagement. Very eye opening to many new techniques"
"Session was excellently presented and clearly communicated. Has left me wanting to learn more"
"Really informative and understandable training"

"Very good delivery and thorough explanations, Thank you"
"It was very helpful to use health setting examples in order to rationalise how we could use the tools"

"Very good, explained with real life problems"
"Very good, lots of experience and relevant stories"

"Passionate and wealth of examples. Easily able to create examples that relate to different businesses."
"Trainer started early and stayed late to support me as an individual; much appreciated and needed."

ISO9001:2015 Support

"We contracted Tamarind Tree Consulting to assist us in revising and upgrading our Quality systems in order that we fully comply with existing and new standards. We also wanted to improve the effectiveness of supporting procedures. Tim exceeded our aims. He has an ability to assess complex issues quickly, and supply a practical set of solutions. He worked well with the team and supplied comprehensive, well written procedures and processes. This allowed the employees to fulfil their objectives. Overall, a technically excellent consultancy service with a practical approach to delivering results" - Stephen Clarke, Managing Director Baldwin and Francis Ltd

"This has been a very successful project. Tamarind Tree Consulting led my team throughout the task in a practical, knowledgeable way. Tim Akerman quickly engaged with all employees, fully understood our needs and delivered the actions required to meet the audit deadline as well as re-aligning our plans for the transition to the new standards. All on time and to the agreed costs. I am sure that we will be using their services again" - Stephen Clarke, Managing Director Baldwin and Francis Ltd

"Tim was very knowledgable on the subject and made the course interesting for us...if we were to require a gap analysis carrying out I would have no hesitation in requesting Tim to carry this out for me" - Lorna Brown, Purchasing Manager Brooksbank Valves Ltd

"Excellent training from a very knowledgeable trainer" - Alex Ludlam, Brooksbank Valves Ltd

"Very interactive, lots of checking of understanding" - Simon Hill, Brooksbank Valves Ltd

Business Mentoring

Matt Watts
Director, The Lancashire Cheesecake Company Ltd
I have now had 2 meetings with my mentor, Tim Akerman. Tim has been extremely helpful in stimulating ongoing analysis of my business and breaking it down in to it’s simple constituents. As a result of our discussions we have amended 2 parts of our process.
1. Several of our flavours were piped and flattened off, a very time-consuming process. We now pipe this in a swirl saving several hours of labour a week without detriment to the appearance of the cheesecake and in fact drawing a positive response from our outlets and customers.
2. The plastic rings on our cheesecakes were taken off and placed in a storage bin whereupon later they would be taken from the bin and placed on a tray. We now remove the rings directly on to aforementioned tray for use later thus removing an entire stage of the process and once again saving labour resource.

At Tim’s urging I am now in the process of training my driver to tray up his own deliveries before departure, this will shortly mean that I can avoid having to get up at 3.45am on a Wednesday and Saturday to perform this straightforward task for him!

I am also now developing product specs for use by all members of staff which aid
1. Identification of products for my driver when traying up deliveries
2. Consistency in production methods and quality both in terms of flavor and consistency of product and appearance for production staff.

We are in the process of redesigning the layout of the production area to identify efficiencies – we are now on Plan B as the original suggested layout was impractical due to health and safety issues.

Tim’s input has been invaluable both in terms of the efficiency and profitability of my business but also on a personal level in helping me to identify my own goals and their effect upon my personal life.