People who run a manufacturing business know pretty much everything about it, and may have worked in their company all the way from the ground up. However, even the most hands-on owner/manager will not know everything there is to know about manufacturing. That may sound like a pretty bold assumption but it is true.
There are things that affect business even at an everyday level, which are best delegated to experts. There are areas of the law, for example, that are as obscure as they are complex, and as easy to break as a pie-crust, for the unwary. Most manufacturing managers would rather not spend their days up to their arms in accounting, either – that’s a job for accountants.
As for IT – it is there to help business operate more efficiently, not to be under the daily control of the operations director, who has better things to do with their time. And what about building regulations? EU production standards? Intellectual property protection?
The way that extraneous matters can mess up business can be rather irritating! This supplement is about how it pays to have the advice of experts, to help you get over problems – or, even better than that, to avoid them in the first place. If at all possible.
Contributors to this supplement cover the full range of professional services, from the law to management consulting – and what has struck us at The Manufacturer is how the best professionals are reinterpreting and extending their roles.