Manchester Business Consultants Altremis Ltd Win Prestigious North of England Excellence Award

MANCHESTER, England, November 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Business improvement consultancy Altremis Ltd has won this year's 'Lean Award' at the North of England Excellence Awards ceremony.  The award is in recognition of its successful work with First Recruitment Group - using Lean quality techniques to help transform the business despite the challenging market conditions.  

Now in its 18th year, the North of England Excellence Awards is one of the most important and influential annual business events in the UK.  They are the only awards endorsed by both the British Quality Foundation and the Chartered Quality Institute. Altremis Ltd was one of 24 shortlisted organisations from across public, private and voluntary sectors.  

George Forrest, Managing Director of Altremis Ltd said, 'We're a small consultancy, so being recognised alongside large organisations is a great achievement for us. I'm really proud of the team and pleased that all their hard work has been rewarded by this prestigious award.'

Within weeks of implementing Altremis' training and consultancy programme, First Recruitment Group was able to reduce the time it takes to recruit new employees for its customers by 60%.  They also transformed the way quality management is used within the business; the company is now focussed on improving processes for the long-term and monitoring results in order to continuously improve its customer service.

In the recruitment industry efficiency and great service are paramount, and this has given First Recruitment Group a significant advantage over its competitors.  

Mr Forrest added, 'In the current economic climate both public and private sectors are under pressure to become more efficient and save money.  With First Recruitment Group we proved that business improvement techniques usually only found in engineering and manufacturing can be successfully applied to the service sector and achieve dramatic results.'

Since the company was formed in 2009, Altremis has become a leading business improvement consultancy working with clients across the North West.  The company is acknowledged for its innovative approach to improving the efficiency of businesses.  Altremis are exponents of Six Sigma and Lean improvement methods, adapting them from manufacturing and successfully applying to service organisations.