>D-n-K (sponsored and managed by Viable Ventures Ltd) are pleased to announce that the gigs in the highlands on Sat/Sun 25/26 April were a major success!

On Saturday 25 April, D-n-K played to a packed audience at the Officers' Mess at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.  The invitation-only event was organised to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity, and included many 'A-list' members of the political and military circles of the Moray region.  D-n-K's tribute song Heroes Grass is Green was played to a RAF Lossie personnel montage video available to direct download here.  The stirring rendition of the song and the emotional response it garnered helped to raise over £15,000 for the the charity!

The following day, on Sunday 26 April, D-n-K performed at the Elgin Town Hall alongside Moray's hottest up-and-coming bands, Farewell Singapore, Solar Haze, No Name Yet, and solo artist Gary Watt.  We were extremely fortunate to have Alicia Prayze with us as guest vocalist for Summertime and Moviestar!  The feedback from those who attended was phenomenal, and it was great to see so many people turn out to hear the bands' all-original rock music in support of the Help for Heroes charity.  

It remains to be seen whether the No COVERS gig will become an annual event - same time next year anyone? - so please stay tuned in to www.d-n-k.co.uk for the latest news. 

Please click here to see D-n-K and Gary Watt (doing a fantastic job standing in for Geoff Whitehorn on lead guitar) performing Voice in a Crowd at the Elgin Town Hall.

VV delivered 2 Lean awareness courses to management and production staff of Hendry Hydraulics Ltd. The courses were split over 2 days and focused on giving both management and production staff an awareness of Lean. In addition management received a tailored module. The course covered: A Brief History of Lean, Principles of Lean, Lean Wastes, 6S, Visual Management, VSM, Lean management, enablers and blockers, sustainment issues and reliance on 3rd party intervention. During the presentations and demonstrations examples of waste within the Company were gathered and these were fed back to the company after the course. This was seen as ‘Value-added’ activity that could be used by the management in future Lean or Continuous Improvement initiatives.

VV can provide you with an array of Lean Training modules to suit your company's needs.  Please contact us for more details.

We are very pleased to report that Stephen Wilcock, in part sponsored by Viable Ventures, has finished the London Marathon, raising a stunning £1,356.00 for HEART UK, the nation's cholestorol charity.  Please click here to read the full story or click here to visit the charity's website.
VV give Lean training during most interventions, however a bespoke one-day Lean Awareness course was required as an introduction to Lean Thinking for member firms of the Moray Chamber of Commerce. The course was attended by employees from William Grant & Sons Distillers, Gordon & MacPhail, Hendry Hydraulics Ltd and the Royal Air Force. The course was extremely well received by the attendees and covered the following: Brief History of Lean, Principles of Lean, Lean Wastes (including wastes in service delivery organisations), workflow layout and standardisation, 6S, Visual Management, Value Stream and Process Mapping, Lean in service environments, enablers and blockers and addressing sustainment issues.

If you want any details on how VV could provide you with Lean Training, tailored for your company, then please contact us.

VV recently delivered a one-day training course to members of the Moray Chamber of Commerce.

The 'Introduction to Lean Thinking' course was held at RAF Lossiemouth on 2nd April 2009, and was attended by employees from William Grant & Sons Distillers, RAF Lossiemouth, Gordon & MacPhail, Hendry Hydraulic (Cylinders) Ltd and from VV itself.

The course was extremely well received by the attendees and covered the following: Brief History of Lean, Principles of Lean, Lean Wastes, Workplace Layout/Organisation (6S), Visual Management, Value Stream Mapping, Lean in Service Environments and Sustaining Lean Business Improvements.

Even though the course was only intended to be a one day awareness-level course, many on the course were left wanting to know more about how Lean Thinking could help save their businesses money and would have liked the course to go on for another day!

If you want to know more about the various Lean courses that VV can deliver then please contact us.  We can deliver courses from 1 to 5 days and can run these at your workplace or at a 'neutral' location of your choice.

The Viable Ventures Team have recently begun work in provide Lean and Business Improvement initiatives to Aquidata Excel, a prominent industrial information technology organisation highly respected within Aberdeen’s booming Oil & Gas sector.

The work undertaken for Aquidata will be multifaceted and challenging. Viable Ventures personnel will initiate and, where requested, help implement the following:

Standardise data collection procedures to reduce waste and free up operator time.

Free up essential management time to address the business process restructuring project (Project Open).

Implementation of process change and process mapping to eliminate rework and reduce downtime.

The initial 6-month contract will be from January to June 2008 during which time plans to implement Phase 2 will be discussed, leading to a further 6-12 month contract set to begin in the Spring of 2009.

Following the successful conclusion of our first contract with Raytheon Systems Limited, Viable Ventures is engaged in an RSL follow-up contract to provide interim management services for the ASTOR programme.

Viable Ventures facilitators are working ever more closely with RSL personnel, proving themselves more and more invaluable to RSL’s challenging, intricate needs.

ASTOR is an advanced reconnaissance capability comprising hi-tech core systems that are integrated into aircraft and mobile ground stations. Raytheon Systems Limited have delivered an exceptionally cost-effective product by extensive use of commercially available equipment and Viable Ventures is adding value in the early stages of the programme’s service life by reviewing:

Supply of management support for the ASTOR project.  

The initial 3-month contract will be from October to December 2008.

Plans are in progress to expand the project to two Viable Ventures facilitators effective January 2009.

The Viable Ventures Team has started work on a new and exciting project developing a comprehensive and dynamic maintenance strategy for one of Moray's most renowned companies, Baxters Food Group. 

The process underway is to assist Baxters in developing a comprehensive and dynamic maintenance strategy in order for operators to make standardised, systematic knowledge-based decisions leading to:

Significant reduction in downtime for core/essential processes.

Significant reduction in process waste and time delays.

Improved morale and more effective time allocation for operator tasks.

Phase 1 of the Baxters project began in October 2008 and runs until December 2008 with a potential contract extension of a further 3 months.