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If you have no option but to install more equipment, try first ...

If you have no option but to install more equipment, try first to get second-hand 'equipment in good condition, since this is often very reasonably priced. If you have to get new, compare the cogs of outright cash purchase, leasing, buying on HP or buying outright with a bank loan. Check also whether there are any grants or subsidies available in your area for such a purpose.

Opportunities vary so much from place to place and time to time that it is impossible to generalize, but grants are sometimes very generous.

Sometimes the bottle-neck is simply space. You have just run out of floor on which to put work in progress waiting for machine availability, or your staff are almost literally tripping over each other. Alternatively you have nowhere to put the new equipment you need to install.

Sometimes this can be overcome by, for example: a.

rearranging the layout to make better use of the floor space; b. better scheduling of machines to reduce the volume of work in progress; c. installing vertical racking to provide off-the-floor storage space; d. shift-working to reduce the number of people on site at one time.

If none of these can solve your problem, you, must find more floor space, either by extending your existing workplace or finding a new one. Much of the assistance being given to small businesses today takes the form of help with accommodation. All sorts of bodies are in on the act now: local authorities; local enterprise agencies; development agencies; large companies with spare buildings and a conscience; farmers seeking to make money from unwanted barns. Have a good scout around to see what is on offer in your area.

As a general rule, it is not a good idea for a ...

As a general rule, it is not a good idea for a small manufacturing business to have more than one location.

It puts more strain on the owner ... read more

the daily plan of where each vehicle should go. In many businesses ...

the daily plan of where each vehicle should go. In many businesses this is made up, not by the drivers, but by someone in the office who may or may not have any dri... read more

In such a labour-intensive setting, it might seem that the only way ...

In such a labour-intensive setting, it might seem that the only way to increase capacity is to increase staff.

This is often true but not entirely so. There are ways of increa