Published: 07 March 2019

Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission

Atlanta is a thriving hub for creativity and industry, the 10th largest economy in the USA and the 22nd largest in the world. BTA are pleased to part of this trade mission which provides a unique opportunity to explore this state, as well as the wider US market for our business.

Hosted and organised by the Department for International Trade, supported by both the North East Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, BTA will participate in a group programme that will provide opportunities to network and meet with Atlanta’s business community.  The Trade Mission to Atlanta will run from 19th to 21st March 2019.  Over these three days we have a number of appointments available to meet with manufacturing organisations that are exploring available options to partner with businesses like BTA that can assist them to achieve 'World Class' performance through the correct application of Lean Tools and Techniques.   Anyone interested in an informal chat over a coffee to find out more should contact [email protected] 

BTA's key clients include international Blue-Chip companies to micro SME businesses across a wide range of sectors including automotive, food and beverage, engineering, pharmaceutical, oil & gas and warehousing & logistics.  Delivering $4 million in conversion cost savings to their clients in 2018 through the development of their employees so that they operate more efficiently, with greater motivation and engagement, and with a greater degree of safety.  As a result of client satisfaction and success, BTA have been appointed as the preferred training partner of choice to many businesses.

The founders of BTA are past business executives and seasoned professionals who together with their team deliver high impact results that are immediately effective and sustainable. 

BTA will be represented on this Trade Mission by two of the Company Directors - Colin Hastings and Kim English.

Colin Hastings - With a career spent predominantly within the automotive industry, including 1st Tier suppliers Lear and SAI, Colin has worked with, developed and introduced Lean production systems and procedures across several organisations. He has worked under the tuition of Mr Freddy Balle, a Lean Thinking Pioneer, who provided him with the true understanding of Lean during his employment at SAI and has also been coached by Mr Ken Kreafle, General Manager of Vehicle Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America during his study at Kentucky University. Possessing a wealth of knowledge in the application of Lean tools and techniques Colin will provide ‘hands-on’ support and guidance to organisations embarking upon a continuous improvement journey.  

Kim English – Possessing vast experience of successfully implementing sustainable improvement programmes in a broad range of manufacturing industries – Parker Hannifin and Kerry to name but a few.  Kim has delivered operating efficiencies valued into millions of pounds over the course of her career. Her experience of creating and deploying Business Improvement Strategies within Blue Chip manufacturing operations, together with her interpersonal skills have made her a recognised expert in change management as well as a respected speaker on the conference circuit.


The Mission delegates will also attend an exclusive evening event being hosted by the Consul General at his residence in Atlanta and BTA would like to extend an invitation to a number of our prospective clients that we meet in Atlanta to join us on the evening as our guests.  

Published: 07 March 2019