Business Transformation Associates

Our DNA lies in a relentless commitment to optimising manufacturing performance.

Benefit from the unrivalled levels of strategic insight and world class manufacturing experience in our business support team.

BTA was founded in August 2012 by Kim English and Colin Hastings, both trained by Toyota and highly experienced in the application of TPS, who wanted to create a Lean consulting and training company that was different. The aim was to 'educate' rather than 'qualify' individuals, so unlike traditional training organisations BTA don't follow a given qualification framework, we take a situational approach, addressing current 'live' business issues with the appropriate lean strategy and methodologies, thereby providing the host organisation with instant payback on the investment made in the development of their workforce.

BTA engage the clients workforce through a 'Sensei' style approach as used in Japan, a country which has built its economic power through manufacturing over the past several decades. Our Directors and associates are all past business executives with 'hands-on' experience of delivering change programmes that deliver sustainable results.
Over the years we have partnered and supported many clients, from international 'Blue Chip' organisations to SME's spanning a number of different industries.

Combining strategic thinking with hands-on practicality, our consultants and experts work to develop and implement operational strategies that solve our clients most critical problems.

From design right through to implementation we pride ourselves on our ability to transfer the necessary skills to your people and to ensure that you benefit from tangible and sustainable improvements to your business.

BTA can provide you with a range of expertise to support initiatives from large manufacturing improvement programmes across a multi-site organisation to single projects in an individual plant.

In today’s global economy, most businesses are aware that they must continually improve to survive. Even if you are a world leader in your industry, you must be constantly improving faster than your competitors to maintain and grow profitability. In many cases it is relatively easy to make individual short-term savings but harder to execute a programme delivering sustained cost reduction. The key to reaching and sustaining your manufacturing competitiveness is to have a vision of the future state of a process and a strategic plan for making the vision a reality. One of the most common approaches to deliver Operational Excellence within a manufacturing facility is to apply a Lean Transformation Programme and this is something BTA specialise in.

BTA expert practitioners will work with you and your staff to develop the best approach for your business which will typically involve:

  • Diagnostics – Understanding the current situation and prioritise the needs of the business
  • Development – Develop a tailored programme to deliver your requirements
  • Implementation – Thorough training, coaching and mentoring of your employees
  • Follow up – Regular visits and contact to ensure sustainability

Your customised end-to-end transformation solution will provide the targeted deliverables in terms of Quality, Cost, Delivery and People performance. All BTA activities aim to deliver improved capabilities so that your teams can continue to drive long-term improvements.

BTA can provide a range of improvement solutions across your organisation’s entire manufacturing operations. We don’t offer a one size fits all approach, instead we get to know your organisation, your people and the environment within which you operate before working with you to find an approach that is tailored to your requirements, meeting your needs and addressing your most pressing challenges.


Providing a better understand of how to create a lean operating and management system that will lead your organisation through the changes needed to cultivate and support a lean, continuous-improvement, problem-solving culture.

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Our executive coaches combine both extensive theoretical knowledge and real-world implementation experience to develop your team in new skills that will transform employee engagement across your business and drive higher levels of individual and organisational performance.

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Our Hands-on Support team are experienced business leaders with wide-ranging skills gained from decades of experience in the manufacturing sector. They are high achievers in their areas of expertise and work collaboratively with our clients and each other.

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Lean Insight Tours

Join us in Japan to experience first-hand the foundations of Lean Thinking and its successful application across a range of industries. Our Lean Insight Tour allows you to experience an extensive network of world-leading Japanese Lean companies across a range of industries.

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Change Management Partnership (CMP)

Whilst a consultant can advise or facilitate, BTA’s Change Management Partnership (CMP) offers ‘hands-on’ operational leadership. Once the preserve of our Blue-chip client organisations, CMP is now used by client businesses of all shapes and sizes in a variety of situations.

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Our team has extensive experience in operations management, improvement and transformation methodologies.

We are approachable, relatable and hands-on. Quite simply, clients like us because of our 'partnership' approach to working together.

Our team are operations experts who know what it feels like to face the same challenges that our clients experience. Our grounded, client centric, situational approach really resonates through the delivery of tailored solutions.

We possess a broad spectrum of industry experience and have supported many clients across the globe.

We always deliver measurable value in terms of revenue growth, cost reduction, improved customer experience, higher quality, better employee engagement & capability and risk mitigation.

We gain trust through our approachable, relatable and hands-on style, as well as the repeated success that we deliver.

We take client confidentiality very seriously and would never disclose an organisations name without prior consent to do so.

Automotive Supply Chain

Improving efficiency and increasing profitability for a loss-making automotive supplier.

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Food & Beverage

Improving customer service level and reducing quoted lead-time of supply.

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Furniture and Fixtures

Increasing capacity to meet customer demand while improving service levels and profitability.

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Change Management Partnership

A manufacturer of small and large batch components servicing the Oil & Gas, Automotive, wind farm and other industries, talks about their experience of BTA's Change Management Partnership.

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If you’re looking to deliver revenue growth, cost reduction, improved customer experience, higher quality, better employee engagement, or risk mitigation, why not schedule a risk-free introductory consultation.

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  • 25 Apex Business Village, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 7BF.
  • Company Number 8360854