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Steel bending specialist Barnshaws Steel Bending has proved the value of Quality Management by winning the first lean manufacturing award ever issued by Metal Industry Skills and Performance (MetSkill), hot on the heels of achieving quality accreditation from the British Standards Institution.

Metskill launched its inaugural lean manufacturing Metals Industry Competitive Enterprise (MICE) Team of the year competition in partnership with and sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, alias Wire Workers.

Barnshaws was one of over 120 metals companies invited to compete for the award to find the MICE continuous-improvement team that has made an outstanding contribution to their company through improvements and culture change.

Barnshaws had set up a new team to improve the layout of the company‘s plants and introduce new practices while working towards gaining the new ‘Quality Management’ accreditation – (BSI) ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management – in summer 2005. It was this team, the Barnshaws MICE Team, which won the lean manufacturing award.

The award was presented, along with a prize of £1,000 worth of high-spec audio-visual equipment, at the Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company in London in December.

Barnshaws Manufacturing Manager George Harrison said: “Gaining the BSI accreditation means a larger market is now available to the company and demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement and development. It is great that this has been so quickly recognized by the MICE award.”

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