We take Lean principles derived from Manufacturing and apply them across all industry sectors
  • Manufacturing
  • Service
  • Administration

Because LEAN is a universal concept!


What is LEAN?

Lean is a tools and management system that provides:

ALC helps you to deliver quality and service on time, every time.

  • Consistently meet your OTIF (On-Time, In Full) target
  • Reduce your lead time
  • Reduce WIP (Work In Progress)
  • Improve quality (reduce scrap, re-work and customer credits)
  • Improve layout of production, storage and fulfilment to increase pace and reduce waste
  • Implement lean stock control measures to reduce stock-outs and excess stock
  • Improve stock turn, ease cash flow and increase profit
  • Allow your business to grow without moving premises


Voted Industrial Process News company of the year 2020 for our pro-active approach, customer service and attention to detail, this initiative is another opportunity for us to engage with our customers (both current and future) during this difficult time.


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Lean can help you with Process ImprovementReduced WasteAdmin EfficienciesImproved satisfactionStaff engagementIncreased revenue

Lean process improvements extend beyond basic production line efficiencies and can be applied to every aspect of your business and customer engagement, returning benefits in every aspect of your organisation.


How can you tell that your company needs lean?

Do any of the following occur currently in your organisation?
Can you identify with any of the following?
Do you feel one or more of these is hindering efficiencies where you work?

If you recognise any of the following then lean can definitely help you and your company.


Managers spend most of their time firefighting: fixing problems and reacting to crises.


There is a lack of customer focus and no clear idea of what customers are looking for.


Delays or quality deficiencies are hidden and easily missed.


Employees can’t see the link between their daily tasks and the organisation’s strategic goals.


Employees feel stressed, with high rates of sickness and absenteeism.


Widespread frustration within the company at how long tasks take.

Work Practises

Work practices vary across individuals and groups with little commonality across the company.

CSAT Feedback

Feedback from customers shows poor and variable levels of service.

Company Culture

‘Witch hunts’, finger pointing and a blame culture are endemic. Staff are not encouraged to speak up about impending problems.


Client confidentiality prevents us from revealing the specifics of the results our customers have experienced, but…

…these are real numbers that have been reported back to us by previous customers after they have successfully implemented a Lean policy and process improvements.

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Increase In Stock Turn

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Reduction in WIP

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ROI within 12months

- 0 %

Reduction in Lead Time


Meet The ALC Team

The ALC Team have worked with CEO levels helping to make strategic investment decisions, with shop floor teams to increase throughput and with teams from finance, HR, logistics, purchasing, systems and support teams and found that the tools and principles apply universally.

Since then, ALC has worked with manufacturing and service businesses to remove waste, standardise process and increase quality and responsiveness.

Tim Scurlock

Lead Consultant


Graduate of Cranfield Business School.

Ten years implementing Lean across General Motors’ European Operations: Finance, HR, Supply Chain, Engineering as well as Manufacturing plants.

Focuses on Lean at the SME level – helping small, dynamic businesses to accelerate their growth in Manufacturing, Warehousing, Supply Chain and Office Lean.

Specialises in:

  • Lean Audits
  • Transactional lean
  • Lean layout
  • Warehousing
  • Supply Chain optimisation


Electronic engineering graduate from Warwick University.

Production Engineering Manager for Marconi Instruments.

Manufacturing Operations Director for a Halma Group Company.

Division Lean Manager for Division of Parker Hannifin where she managed

  • 71% reduction in quality defects
  • 42% reduction in late lines
  • 39% reduction in Inventory
  • 44% increase in productivity

Specialises in:

  • Lean Audits
  • Manufacturing
  • SMED
  • 5S
  • Lean deployment

Joined ALC as an Associate in 2015.

Anne Harris



We believe in a ‘learning by doing’ approach.

This means that our on-site sessions will typically involve 4 steps

1. Intensive, on-site learning sessions
2. Coaching of your team to implement the techniques for real
3. Reflecting on the results you achieve
4. Fine tuning or adjusting the approach to achieve the desired result

This no-nonsense, practical, PDCA approach engages and motivates your team, helping them to build confidence in their ability to deliver the changes required. This means rapid change, managed by your team but with our support and guidance.


Upcoming Speaking Opportunites

Catch ALC at the following upcoming events.

Feb 6th - 8th 2024

Farnborough, Hants
GU14 6TQ

Stand: t.b.a.

6th/8th "No Superheroes needed here!"

7th "Because we’ve always done it that way! Does this sound familiar"

Previous Speaking Engagements

June 14th 2023

MTC Sopwith Building
Coventry CV2 2TF

Presenting "What Does 'Good' Look Like and How Do You Measure It?"

March 23rd 2023

British Motor Museum
Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warks CV35 0BJ

Stand 41

Presenting "What Does 'Good' Look Like and How Do You Measure It?"

Feb 7th - 9th 2023

Farnborough, Hants
GU14 6TQ

Stand: A175

Presenting "What Does 'Good' Look Like and How Do You Measure It?"

Mar 10th 2022

Arena MK, Milton Keynes

Presenting "Building a High Performance Team Through Lean Best Practise"

Feb 8th to 10th 2022

Farnborough, Hants GU14 6TQ

Presenting "Stanard Work, SOP's and how to drive continuous improvemnet in your business"

Feb 11th to 13th 2020

Farnborough, Hants GU14 6TQ

Oct 2nd - 3rd 2019

Stretford, Manchester, M17 8AS

Jun 25th 2019

Arena MK, Milton Keynes


1. Identify Value

Define what your customer is willing to pay for when they engage your services.​

2. Map the Value Stream

Map all the steps, both Value Added and Non-value Added, that bring your product or service to the customer in order to identify waste.​

3. Establish Flow

Look for ways to remove the “rocks” in your process, to allow quicker flow of your goods or services to the customer, with fewer divisions.​

4. Create Pull

Control WIP by creating pull from the customer through your value stream.​

5. Perfect the Process

Practice ongoing continuous improvement and create a culture of change.​


See Our Latest Projects, Customer Success & News

We post our most recent articles, case studies and success stories here.

Martin Haswell - Lean Success Story

Furniture manufacturer Martin Haswell embarked on a Lean project to improve efficiency and reduce waste, working with Tim Scurlock of Applied Lean Consulting (ALC).

The Tethered Cat - Lean Article

A Lean parable!

IPN Company of the Year 2020

ALC were honoured to have been awarded the Company of the Year 2020 for its dedication to supporting businesses in adopting Lean principles, to identify and eliminate waste from their processes.

Jon Mitchell

Managing Director - Marlow Ropes

I can’t stress enough the positive effect working with ALC has had on the business …from a number of angles and I feel sure there will be further work that we will want to engage them with.

Vicki Ward

Head of Global Shared Services - Experian plc

ALC helped us embed a continuous improvement culture… training the team in Lean methodology, and helping us embed a continuous improvement culture that will continue long after Tim’s contract ends. Tim has helped us lead the changes by understanding our requirements, developing a unique branding for the program and adapting the methodology to our finance processes.

Paul W. Rodwell

Group Finance SS Director – Experian plc

Tim’s knowledge, expertise and professional approach engaged management and staff at all levels to ensure the success of the EmPower programme for Experian’s Global Finance Shared Service Centres. ALC’s EmPower programme successfully established Lean awareness and understanding with all SSC team members globally. The programme successfully realised financial savings and significant efficiency benefits through process improvements and the elimination of low-value activities.


What Our Clients Are Saying

We are always very pleased with the feedback that we receive from those companies that call us in.

Still Confused About How Lean Can Help? Contact us for more information

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