Ex rail industry MD sets up manufacturing consultancy

HTZjonesA new manufacturing consultancy that promises to be a “hassle free zone” has been set up byAmanda Jones (pictured), the former managing director of rail systems engineers, Rowe Hankins.

During her time as MD of the rail firm, Jones grew the business from £4 to £6 million. Her new venture, HFZ Consulting, will advise on business growth, quality systems implementation, financial control and manufacturing.

“HFZ stands for hassle free zone,” she explained. “Our approach is not the usual business school formula, but based on practical experience building teams and motivating them to achieve higher performance. The aim will be to produce real gains for clients in the shortest possible time frame.”

Targeting rail supply, engineering and other manufacturing businesses, HFZ says it can call on expertise from a network of experienced specialists. “Many business owners and managers are so close to their business and engaged day-to-day issues that they are blind to opportunities for improvement. Our aim is to give these clients quick wins, but also introduce longer term strategies for continued growth and improvement,” Jones added.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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