All about the SPA

 

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The SPA provides a forum for members to discuss matters of common interest and encourages the promotion of best practice amongst member companies. Training in industry specific skills can be provided as well as personal development for employees of member companies whilst co-operating with the exchange of information between member companies and with similar associations at home and abroad.

SPA Best Practice Initiatives

The Sheet Plant Association focuses it's activities and initiatives around the model...
SPA Best Practice Initiatives

  • Establish whether there is a problem/opportunity on the horizon?
  • Establish what we believe to be the best practice solution.
  • Buy the expertise/solution once as an Association.
  • Disseminate to members at 'No' or 'Low' cost.

As an SPA member, you are invited to 'take up' any of the current Initiatives - details of which are below...

BRC Hygiene Accreditation

A quick and easy to install Quality & Hygiene System that will take you up to Audit for BRC/IoP Global Standard for Packaging and Packing Materials 'Grade A'. A low cost solution designed specifically for SPA sheet plants

  • Stage 1: To assess and determine current hygiene status.
  • Stage 2: On site management/employee hygiene awareness training.
  • Stage 3: To undertake on site management team HACCAP training.
  • Stage 4: Hygiene Management System documents & system development.
  • Stage 5: Undertake on site Management System Auditor Hygiene training/
  • Stage 6: To carry out a pre-assessment & management review.

6 Stages (5 Days)
Cost: £3,175
Audit
Cost: £850
Registration Renewal
Cost: £600

How do I get started?

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Contract Law

Up-To-Date Terms & Conditions of Sale, plus additional contacts for longer (1-2 year_ periods. Supported by a free Contract Law Telephone Hotline for all SPA members.

  • T&C's written specifically for Sheet Plants
  • Editable fields to tailor Standard Terms if required.
  • Tailorable templates for longer term supply contracts.
  • Free telephone hotline - on all Contract Law matters.
  • Roxburgh Milkins can defend you should you find yourself in dispute.

Cost: £0

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Employment Law & Human Resources

Up-To-Date Terms & Conditions of Employment with Policies and free Employment Law telephone hotline for all SPA members.

  • Written specifically for Sheet Plants.
  • Kept 100% up-to-date and re-issues regularly.
  • Written by employment lawyer who sits on Employment Tribunal.
  • Free telephone hotline - on all HR matters.
  • Anita will defend you should you fall foul of the Law

Cost: £0

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FSC Certification

A quick and 'easy to install' FSC Certification system, allowing you to supply FSC packaging to your customers. A low cost solution designed specifically for SPA sheet plants.

  • Designed specifically for SPA sheet plants.
  • Quick & easy to install.
  • Compatible with any business system.
  • Takes you right up to FSC Audit
  • Optional ongoing support package with telephone hotline

System
Cost: £3,800
Audit
Cost: £900
Certification
Cost: £670
Annual Support
Cost: £300 (optional)

How do I get started?

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Health & Safety Audit

Up-to-date rigorous Health & Safety Audit including a full Audit Report supported by a free Health & Safety Telephone hotline for all SPA members.

  • Audit is designed specifically for Sheet Plants
  • Audit is kept 100% up-to-date with H&S law and HSE guidelines.
  • Audit conducted by the SPA's retained H&S practitioner.
  • Free telephone hotline - on all H&S matters.
  • TUV Nord can defend you should you fall foul of the law.

Audit Fee
Cost: £500

How do I get started?

Contact:

  • Name: Andy Ely
  • Company: TUV Nord
  • Phone: 020 86807711
  • Mobile: 07887 513081
  • Email: aely@tuv-nord.com
R&D Tax Credit Scheme

Scheme designed to identify and ultimately maximise any potential R&D Tax Credit claim. The process is simple and is undertaken by R&D Tax specialists who understand the Packaging Industry.

  • Quick & Easy.
  • Maximises your R&D Tax Credit Claim.
  • Undertaken successfully by 35 SPA members (Sep ’15).
  • Over £2,000,000 of Tax credits obtained for SPA members.
  • One ‘without obligation’ meeting to start process.

Cost: £0
Commission - 20% of Claim

How do I get started?

Contact:

  • Name: Adam Kene
  • Company: Alma Consulting Group
  • Phone: 020 30 58 58 00
  • Mobile: 07415 640306
  • Email: akene@almacg.com
SPA Abaca Dashboard

Graphical representation of KPI’s and control data, acting like a dashboard for your business. Highlighting - below target, on target and above target performance (red, yellow, green) across key areas of your business.

  • Designed specifically for SPA members.
  • Gauge and compare KPI’s in all areas of your business.
  • Set your own targets and KPI’s in Settings.
  • Access from your mobile, tablet or any remote PC.
  • Continually developing - new version releases annually.
  • Fully supported by Abaca Systems.

Cost: £0

How do I get started?

Contact:

  • Name: Graham Dickinson
  • Company: Abaca Systems
  • Phone: 01695 555285
  • Email: graham@abaca.co.uk
SPA Board Grade Calculator Application

Calculate the theoretical BCT of any 0201 using the ECT values for thegrade of board. Compare performance of differing board grades and specify the optimum. This programme will list the estimated BCT of the box and a Safety Factor for any board grade.

  • Gauge performance by grade.
  • Optimise performance vs cost.
  • Enter the World of performance based packaging.
  • Accounts for ‘environmental factors’ eg. Moisture, stacking, chilled, frozen etc.
  • Fine tune your Application with ‘actual’ ECT data from your sheetfeeder.
  • Use as a valuable tool for Value Engineering projects.

Cost: £0

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SPA Five Star Accreditation

Five Star Accredited companies are audited and certified to be in Compliance with the SPA Code of Practice across 5 key areas of business activity – Customer Relations, Employee Relations, Health & Safety / Environment, Quality /Hygiene and Supplier Relations.

  • Differentiates your company from other non-accredited companies.
  • ‘Catch all’ Best Practice Initiative – encompasses many other SPA initiatives.
  • Sleep well at night knowing all bases are covered.
  • Illustrate to customers & staff you are a best practice company.
  • Fantastic return on investment (Quality, Insurance premiums, Litigation etc).
  • Use of Five Star logo & inclusion as a Five Star company on SPA website.

Training & Gap Analysis
Cost: £600

Annual Audit (Inc H&S)
Cost: £600

How do I get started?

Contact:

  • Name: Andy Ely
  • Company: TUV Nord
  • Phone: 020 86807711
  • Mobile: 07887 513081
  • Email: aely@tuv-nord.com
SPA Lean Manufacturing Programme

A low cost, simple and quick to install Lean Manufacturing framework. Takes a company (and their production staff) from zero knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Principles to gaining benefits quickly, with minimum disruption and cost.

  • Initial assessment of your management, culture and performance (health Check)
  • Lean Manufacturing awareness training for key staff.
  • Setting up data capture eg. run speed, set times and quality.
  • Calculating and graphing Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
  • Introduction to 5S.
  • Introduction to SMED to improve machine set times.
  • 12 Month programme subsidised by SPA.
  • Can be part funded by Business Growth Service.

Health Check - 1 Day
Cost: £580
£0
20 Days Lean Programme
Cost: £11,000
£5,550

50% Funded by Business Growth Service

How do I get started?

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SPA Sales Managers' Masterclasses

A series of 4 hour workbook based Masterclasses devised and delivered by Stuart Lotherington, SBR Consulting. These sessions have been designed to give you the tools/skills to manage your Sales effort more effectively and motivate/drive your Team to success.

  • Specifically devised for the Sheet Plant Association.
  • Classroom/workshop style.
  • Workbook based – so easy to install back at base.
  • Cutting edge ‘best practice’ initiatives in Sales Management.
  • Conveniently ‘bolted on’ to SPA Conference (9am-1pm).
  • Reassuringly expensive training delivered to members at no cost.

Cost: £0

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