Business improvement specialist Nicholson Consultancy has relocated its operations to the heart of County Durham’s growing industrial landscape.
The firm’s new office is based at Evans Business and Incubation Centre on the Aycliffe Industrial Park, which is already the location of choice for major manufacturing and engineering companies such as Ebac, Gestamp, and 3M.
The Newton Aycliffe site will become the main base for the company’s managing director Andrew Nicholson and non-executive directors Ian Batchelor and Angela Robson, who were previously based in Birtley.
It will also provide a hub for the firm’s network of associate consultants and trainers.
Established in 2000, Nicholson Consultancy is an independent management consultancy and training organisation.
It specialises in major company-wide improvement programmes and delivers tailored training, practical consultancy and hands-on support for manufacturers.
The company, which has doubled turnover in the last 18 months, has consulted for blue-chip multinationals like BP Chemicals, Husqvarna and Gestamp, but also works with small owner-managed and family businesses, from industrial giants like Sheffield Forgemasters to independent jam-makers York Speciality Foods.
Nicholson Consultancy is accredited to deliver the Lean Consortium programme and works closely with the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Nicholson said: “This is a very exciting time for Nicholson Consultancy.
“To be based in an area that will soon be home to Hitachi and already boasts ambitious companies such as Ebac makes it an incredibly vibrant and industry-led location.
“Relocating has proved to be a very good strategic decision, being at the centre of County Durham’s industrial operations has allowed us to form closer relationships with key players in the industry.
“Our new site on Aycliffe industrial park has given us a real opportunity to continue the growth of our business within the area.
“We have some excellent purpose-built training facilities on-site and will be offering our own unique range of short courses, modular training programmes and “drop-in” sessions for local manufacturers”
Among the firm’s recent successes was its work with Sheffield Forgemasters, which saved £300,000 in a single year through following Nicholson’s advice on adopting lean manufacturing policies. After initial discussions, a training plan was drawn up, from which more than 1,500 improvement ideas emerged.