Nurturing good businesses
into great businesses

Recent times have certainly been testing. For people and for businesses.
We guide you and your business on the way to excellence.

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Our Services

Current State Business Assessments

We will assess your business “as-is”, identify opportunities and provide a proposal for us to work on together to achieve the benefits outlined and maximise the potential for your business.

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Strategic Planning

We will help you build, communicate, execute and review a bespoke business plan to ensure your business succeeds in a sustainable fashion.

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Lean Implementation and Coaching

We have extensive experience in the successful application of Lean techniques and can adapt them to any environment. We use language that is easily understood, whilst still maintaining the underlying principles.

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Operational Guidance

We specialise in focusing on where the action happens to generate revenue and add value. We will also ensure that all non-operational/support functions align accordingly to remove any “silos.”

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Our People

Liam Taylor

Director

Liam specialises in strategy and lean management, focusing on the core essential elements that are key to business success.

With over 20 years experience, he has assisted businesses operating within primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, specifically covering manufacturing, industrial, defence & aerospace, food/beverage, viticulture, FMCG, automotive, stores, agricultural, fishing, hospitality and office-based services.

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In 2018 we decided to weave “Better by Lean" into our business culture. This required a commitment to implement formal continuous improvement methodologies across the business. Liam from 8 Steps has provided guidance around best practice methodologies and ensured that we have established a solid foundation for the journey ahead."

Stuart Macintosh
CEO, Pic’s Peanut Butter

Completing a Value Stream Mapping exercise with 8 Steps which Liam facilitated was a real eye opener and showed up many areas where we were not adding value in our sales/admin/operations workflow. After implementing phase one of the VSM exercise we have reduced our ‘dock to dock’ time by over 2 days (57%), adding significant value for our clients and also internally.

Charlie Beatson

Project Manager, Identimark

I have been involved in Third Party Logistics for many years. The key to success in this industry is having the ability to streamline key processes within supply chains and to highlight and eliminate waste. Sometimes you require the services of a professional, who is proficient in identifying and implementing the tools required to achieve your goals.

Liam Taylor has been this professional in my experience, with a concise and level headed approach to these challenges. With Liam's help we have been able to clearly map key processes and eliminate waste resulting in savings seen straight on the bottom line. 

Jaron McLeod

Operations Manager
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Liam has a lot of knowledge in Best Practice methodologies and will work together with the team to assist with clarifying which tool may work best in which situation. While there is still much for us to learn with the application of the methodologies, we will continue to adapt and utilise those parts that will improve our business.

Julie Ibbotson
Director, Saint Clair Family Estate Wines
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I would personally recommend 8 Steps to any business looking to expand, increase profits or simply make the day to day process easier. Liam can examine a business from many angles to quickly point out a weak link or what areas require more attention. Liam is a top guy, easy to deal with and always happy to help. 

James Martyn
Director, Prestige Euro Works
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We engaged with 8 Steps at a growth stage to help with our business structure, people development and problem solving capabilities. This engagement has led to quality improvements, reduced costs and has allowed us to become more efficient with the way we operate.

Sam Clarke
Operations Manager, South Island Seed Dressing and Storage

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