I received some great pictures from St Neots rugby this weekend showing the under 9 team in their new kit with our logo. We have donated to a number of local youth teams over the years as our local community has many volunteer-run sports clubs and it is great to do a little bit to support them.
We are pleased to announce that John McCrudden has joined FB Chain as our new Manufacturing Manager. John is a time served Engineer and started his working life as a machinist, progressing to a number of senior managerial positions in some of the UK’s leading manufacturing companies. John roles included; Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain Performance Manager, and Quality Manager. He also ran his own successful lean manufacturing consultancy.
There were a few raised eyebrows last week when I suggested that 2017 had been a quiet year for FB Chain. It is amazing to think that at this point last year we were just about to start the relocation to our new building, and as I write this, it feels like it’s been our home for years. At the beginning of each year I suggest that everyone keep a list of key achievements during the year – this helps when the boss says something stupid like it has been a 'quiet year' or when things are not going to plan, a quick reality check on what has been achieved that can help to lift the spirts.
This is me giving my colleague Thomas Wagner a small gift to mark the fact that he has worked for FB in Austria and Germany for over 25 years.
I get to do some great things as MD of FB Chain and I enjoy almost every element of my job but this month I had to do one of the hardest things in my 7 years in charge – tell the team that our colleague Amanda Ward had passed away just 3 month since she was diagnosed as having Motor Neurone Disease. She was well thought of by our customers and one of them gave me some good advice: “Draw strength and comfort from your memories”. So I thought this month I would share a few Amanda stories.
MD Peter Church asks the question: ‘Should we give customers what they want or only what they need?’
MD Peter Church reflects on what he’s learnt from FB Chain’s recent moving experience, and how others can avoid the potential headaches.
The end of the year is always a reflective time but with the recent completion of FB Chain’s new premises, MD Peter Church has been thinking about what has been achieved in the last few years.