We’re Business Performance & Growth Specialists

Change how you think about people, waste, value & productivity

SBF is experienced provider of successful productivity and business improvement systems throughout New Zealand to those who have the desire to learn, understand and deliver business improvement. We deliver Lean Thinking training, coaching and consultancy services across all sectors of industry with proven results.

If you are looking to take your business to the next level, then SBF have the skills, tools and experience to get you across the line.

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What we do

What We Do

We are in the business of growing capable people who look for productive outcomes.

We help businesses grow exceptional leaders and passionate employees who can see ‘real’ opportunities to deliver productive outcomes and increased customer satisfaction.

We create:

  • Employees who are committed to continuous learning and growth
  • Employees who understand the ‘big picture’
  • Employees who are ‘on the continuous improvement bus’
  • Employees who are persistent in identifying and removing waste
  • Employees who enjoy sharing and celebrating team success

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Welcome

Welcome

Capable people delivering extraordinary results.

Extraordinary business results are delivered by engaged and enthusiastic employees who apply Continuous Improvement to everything they do. There are five key success factors that form the structure of a truly extraordinary business – sustainable profitability year on year, intensely loyal customers, exceptional leaders and passionately loyal employees who go the extra mile. Combine these factors with a proactive continuous improvement programme and you have a recipe for changing good businesses into extraordinary ones.

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Our DNA

Our DNA

Real, simple results

We connect knowledge, people and performance to deliver Real, Simple Results.

  • We believe any business can be ‘Extraordinary’
  • We have an unwavering curiosity and tenacity for finding ‘better ways’ of working.
  • We are ‘Ruthless’ with standards yet ‘Gracious’ with people.

We make improvement fun! When it’s fun, people engage! When people are engaged, they become motivated to achieve! When people are motivated to achieve they deliver Real, Simple Results.

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How we work

How We Work

We roll up our sleeves, guide learning, challenge thinking and get teams focused on practical outcomes.

SBF works in partnership alongside you to transfer knowledge that will create sustainable improvements for your business. To do so, we operate a model of Specialists Consultants, Regional Improvement Champions (RIC’s) and a Specialist Support team to deliver improvement programs, projects and support.

Our Specialist Consulting team members collectively have over forty-five years domestic and international business management experience. Over twenty-five years’ experience in facilitating and implementing Lean systems.

They include former customers of SBF and have acquired an intimate, first-hand knowledge of the SBF Proven Process, leading teams and adopting change. Their ability to see both sides of the partnership has proven to be a positive combination. They understand the complexities of having to deliver daily operational demands whilst implementing Lean at the same time.

This increased awareness translates into consulting programs and projects that are more empathetic to the needs of team members, delivery that is less theoretical and a more realistic focus on delivering ‘real’ business results that matter.

Our Regional Improvement Champion’s provide a critical service and are instrumental in the delivery of successful projects. They provide ongoing project support and follow-up on progress and actions between each specialist visit. They ensure project remains focused and ensure forward momentum is maintained.

Each Regional Improvement Champion has between five to fifteen years previous business experience. They are selected for their non-Lean specialty, their attitude and their ability to engage and converse positively with clients at all levels of a business.

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SBF Continuous Improvement

If you chase perfection, you will catch excellence.

Are you looking at ways to create a competitive advantage in your market? Are you looking at better ways to do what you do?

SBF provides Lean Thinking training, coaching and consultancy services throughout New Zealand to those who have the desire to learn, understand and deliver business improvement.

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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

Does your business focus on delivering value to your customers?

At SBF we specialise in delivering Continuous Improvement programs to our customers that improve processes, drive productivity, increase efficiency and ultimately improve the effectiveness of the business.

We provide a range of proven business improvement tools and techniques when working with our clients. Many of these are born from proven international improvement systems such as Lean, TPM, TQM, etc. as well as specialist benchmarking tools.

These tools and techniques have been adapted and fine-tuned within industry over nearly 20 years and are now contained in a standardised consulting package that we call the SBF Proven Process. Get us involved in your business today to see how these great tools can really focus your business on adding customer value and eliminating waste.

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Proven Process

Proven Process

The SBF Proven Process is a six-step blueprint that we use when delivering continuous improvement projects.

Whilst the process is standardised, each consultant brings their own personal flair, specialist skill and experience to ensure project success.

During each project, we regularly engage with management and shop floor team members to discuss progress, review results, construct case studies, generate ideas and collect anecdotes to ensure the identified needs of that client are being met and that deliverables are well on track to be met by the end of the project.

Through our Proven Process we know you will achieve results and create a sustainable continuous improvement program within your business.

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Funded Programs

Funded Programs

SBF is a recognised provider for many of the national and local government agencies who provide funding support for business growth programs. These include:


NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme – Regional Business Partners Network

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers are available to businesses to use as partial payment towards the cost of capability development and training in the following areas: Business Planning, Business Systems, Business Sustainability, Capital Raising, Export, Finance, Governance, Lean Manufacturing / Business Operations, Managing Resources, and Marketing.

NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme


Callaghan Better by Lean

Better by Lean is a workshop and coaching programme that applies a Lean Thinking lens to your entire operational system – development processes, workflows, supply chains, production lines, distribution channels and customer touchpoints – to boost your competitiveness and performance.

Callaghan Better by Lean


Contact us today to learn how these can be applied to helping your business achieve the results you are striving for.

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Ideal Projects

Ideal Projects

The only constant in life is change. Rapid changes in technology and increasing global competition requires organisations to continually transform the way they operate.

To help with this need for change SBF developed the IDEAL process:

  • Identify – the challenge
  • Define – the parameters
  • Explore – the solutions
  • Action – the change
  • Look back – to assess the results

By engaging SBF to assist with this simple technique any company make simple and effective improvements within their organisation.

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Coaching

Project Coaching

Creating achievable goals through collaboration.

We all face challenges within our business where we need to bounce ideas of people, or put a structure around a specific project. SBF takes a collaborative approach as a coach to build milestones and deliverables that are achievable and will ensure success of your project. With this structure comes accountabilities, and SBF will help you manage these to ensure the project remains on time and on budget to ensure successful delivery.

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SBF Skills C°

Successful companies have leaders who are passionate about positive change.

SBF Skills Co. was set up to enhance the sustainability of Continuous Improvement projects across New Zealand. We offer both public and in-house training in continuous improvement that creates CI champions within your organisation.

Get us involved to help your teams and leaders think more “LEAN”. By changing the way your team members think we can reduce costs and increase productivity. We run Lean Thinking Programmes which can be customised to your business to really upskill your team and get them thinking Lean.

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SBF Skills C°

SBF Skills C°

We help businesses ‘BOOST’ productive performance!

We’re serious about helping you work better and struggle less. SBF Skills Co was born out of industry frustration.

The business environment is constantly changing. It has become significantly more complex and challenging. The demands placed on our managers and supervisors to perform, drive and deliver profitable outcomes continues to intensify. Yet many of our leaders are left to struggle without practical knowledge and additional support to succeed. Many no longer find the added responsibility satisfying and are demanding help or they are exiting due to the pressure.

We offer a range of training and coaching programmes using proven business improvement tools and techniques. Most come from proven international improvement systems (E.g. Lean, TPM, TQM etc.) that have been adapted and fine tuned in New Zealand companies for 20 years.

Our approach to training is practical, fun and flexible.

Our goal is to build high performing teams that are passionate about developing a culture, curiosity and tenacity for finding ‘smarter’ ways of working, ensuring ‘better’ results are achieved, ‘faster.’

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Public Training

Public Training

Lean Thinking.

Lean Thinking Programme

An introduction to the exciting world of Lean Thinking. By the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding Lean Thinking.
You will become inspired by the endless opportunities that a Lean focused improvement programme can deliver.

Duration: 9o minutes
Cost: $90/person


Lean Thinking. Get Serious!

Get Serious with Lean Thinking

Activate Lean Thinking in your business. By the end of this workshop you will be able to use core Lean tools and techniques to activate a planned solution to a difficult problem.

Duration: 1 day
Cost: $650/person


Lean Thinking. Get Global!

Get Global with Lean Thinking

Are you interested in setting your course for a Lean Thinking future? By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • Been introduced to Lean Thinking.
  • Prepared a Lean Thinking three year strategy canvas.
  • Developed your own Lean Thinking strategy
  • Developed a twelve month implementation and ninety-day plan for your team.
  • Developed an introductory presentation for your team.

Duration: 2 days
Cost: $1,500


Lean Instructor Programme.

Are you interested in planning, facilitating and leading a Lean Thinking change?

By the end of this programme you will…

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a Lean Instructor.
  • Be ready to launch, lead and manage workplace change.
  • Learn how to engage team members in conversations about improvement.
  • Learn how to plan, prepare and measure focused improvement.
  • Be able to facilitate and coach Lean Thinking tools and techniques.
  • Be able to manage a 12 Step FIT (Focused Improvement Team) process improvement project that delivers a safer work environment, a timely delivery to customer, an improved quality performance and/or productivity gains.

Duration: 3 days
Cost: $2.250


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In-house Training

In-house Training

We offer all of our public courses to companies as in-house training.

If you have a group of people that you want trained in the complex delivery of continuous improvement, then get in touch, we’d be happy to help.

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Leader Development

Leader Development

Growing People, Awareness, Belief and Commitment.

Our goal is to build committed and energised high performing teams by training, coaching and supporting managers and supervisors to become confidence, capable and create time grow themselves (personally, professionally) and their teams.

We surveyed our customers and from their feedback we now understand what managers and supervisors really need to learn, understand and apply in their daily work to be successful.

We have therefore compiled an A to Z of the skills managers and supervisors have asked for. We have framed our programmes in a way that delivers either a one-off, short practical training and coaching session on a topic or a selected block of topics combined and delivered as a tailored package of learning.

Learning is supported by practical coaching, follow up and feedback.

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NZ Certificate

NZ Certificate

NZ Certificate in Competitive Systems and Practices Level 4
NZ Certificate in Competitive Systems and Practices Level 3

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4
The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Intro to Team Leadership) Level 3

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Clients Say

SBF builds lasting relationships with its clients.

As soon as you begin working with SBF you start to realise that we are not just here to provide a one-off solution. Some of our clients require hand-holding others just occasional advice. All of them really appreciate that we are always here for them.

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