It’s that time of year again, when the cries spread throughout the land as people bemoan the early onset of Christmas. It seems that no sooner have you scoffed the last of your Halloween candy, but the shops are playing jingle bells, the Christmas lights are on and it’s only a matter of time before you’re offered a mince pie.
Any holiday period represents a challenge to business, not least manufacturers. It isn’t easy trying to juggle the demands of keeping your shop floor turning over whilst at the same time combatting staff holidays, staff hangovers and those staff who mysteriously get struck ill on the same day their kids break up from school.
Ensuring a consistent output during this period is no easy feat, especially considering this is also the time of year when you’re likely clearing away the cobwebs, carrying out maintenance and revaluating your business.
Having a “Plan B” is only sensible, but not necessarily full proof. Although many businesses outsource their work, this is often done on a reactive rather than proactive basis. The issue with this is many sub-contractors have their capacity filled weeks or even months in advance and although they can attempt to squeeze you in, this isn’t always the case.
This is why Proactive outsourcing may be a sensible move in advance of the holidays. It’s key that your output is consistent at this time of year as we all know that many of our customers will be re-evaluating their supply chains. Customers are far more likely to remember the few jobs you delivered late recently then the countless you delivered on time throughout the year. By focusing your output on your core capabilities and outsourcing the unusual, difficult and time consuming jobs you can better serve your customers.
Bronte Precision are a sub-contract manufacturer serving the whole UK. Our niche is large sized and complex components often involving multiple process steps, intricate geometries and tight tolerances. We support a wide range of industries and can help you manage your busy workload over the festive period. This is a fantastic way to dip your toe and evaluate our service ahead of the new year as well.