Steve Bamber felt the benefits of his Masters in Manufacturing Leadership even before he’d finished his studies, securing a promotion from Head of Manufacturing to Head of Operations (Astute) with a year of the course still to run.

Now responsible for over 600 men working on the £5 billion Astute submarine programme at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Steve says the knowledge and insights he gained through the Masters made a significant contribution to his promotion.

“I’m convinced it had a big part to play. It definitely enhanced my understanding of leadership, and how to apply different leadership strategies in different contexts, whether it’s a small management team or the whole workforce,” says Steve.

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Getting started with operational alignment and improvement by engaging employees and developing lean foundations.
This leading insulation manufacturer is now confident and capable of making its own way to Enterprise Excellence after The Manufacturing Institute helped get it started.


Our client is part of a global family-owned business, with manufacturing operations organised around global regions. The business is highly successful, but the recent recession and the anticipated impact of government subsidy cuts to schemes to insulate homes and businesses have dampened market demand.

In response, one of the UK manufacturing sites has worked with The Manufacturing Institute to make the transition from management directed continuous improvement to a continuous improvement culture that involves and connects with all employees.

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