Oliver Phoenix
3 months ago by Oliver Phoenix

The Problem:

A major PE-backed horticultural supplier had built up a UK footprint legacy of multiple manufacturing sites that were not optimised for the challenge of a business that needed to flex 5x for seasonal peaks. There were opportunities with line efficiencies and the “available” space was filled with excess pallets that was impacting the companies profitability and cash performance.

The Project:

We supported the CEO & the CSCO of the UK’s leading horticultural supplier with a fast supply network design and restructuring project to identify consolidation potential through improving productivity and asset utilisation.


Acted as an interim programme manager to define a charter and work streams to both define the future state as well as execute the project :
  • Used supply chain and supply network design analytics to identify the future state potential (locations,manufacturing operations design and requirements and inventory requirements)
  • Ran detailed design workshops to optimise the organisation & work flow design using drawings and “lego blocks”! (for both all year and peak periods)
  • Gained board approval and created an integrated project plan across the workstreams to support the project execution and risk management


From project initiation to announcement, project execution and savings delivery within 8 months. Reduction of one site. Net £3m. annual savings with a payback within 18 months.