Year 10 Business Studies Hayter's Factory visit 3rd December 2013.
Mr Beran, Mr Hood and Ms. Dedman accompanied three sets of year 10 GCSE Business Studies students to the Hayter's lawmower factory in Spellbrook, Hertfordshire on the 3rd December 2013. It is a 14.5 acre site and somewhat hidden down a little winding country lane.
The Marketing Manager, Technical Director, Designer and Manufacturing Manager helped the year 10 students to understand what makes a manufacturer great. While Toro (a large US based Multinational with an annual turnover in 2012 of $1.9bn) has owned Hayter Ltd since 2005, the subsidiary is as strong as ever.
The boys will now write up a reivew of the business, using what they saw and heard, as well as internet based material, and develop a set of recommendations about how the business might improve its efficiency without undermining its highest quality and find ways of enhancing profitability.
The pictures with this article, are of waste metal which is recycled and the kanban or two-bin stock replenishment system. Hayter's produces many of the components designed on site but also assembles the mowers. They use flow production on batch runs i.e. each machine is worked on at one stage and passes along the line to the next stage without waiting for other mowers. The production line is then switched to a new batch when a given volume of a particular type of mowers is complete. This does not quite fit the textbook view of the world but it is real and it makes sense academically and commercially. Staff have an unusual contract of working longer hours in the winter when more production is required to hit the peak sales period in the spring and summer and shorter hours during this peak period but they are paid the same amount through the year. Again, an unusual payment system. A wonderful case study of a real success story!
This is still a family business with approximately 130 staff who are proud of their heritage and love what they do. Mr Beran remains very grateful to the company for the time and effort they put in to welcoming our students. Thanks also go to the boys who were ambassadors for the school and the office staff back at school (in particular Mrs Kitching and Ms Bromley who facilitate all these trips without a fuss, but with a smile. Thank you as well.
Mr F. Beran (Business Education Subject Leader)