LEAN Training Contract

LEAN Training Contract

To develop and lead LEAN training through AHDBs ongoing Strategic SmartHort Centres programme.

Contract summary


  • Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products – 03000000
  • Training services – 80500000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

Published date

17 March 2020

Closing date

22 April 2020

Contract start date

09 June 2020

Contract end date

31 July 2023

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




For horticulture growers, labour availability and quality is a serious concern, and has become of increasing strategic importance. To begin to address some of these challenges, the SmartHort programme of work was launched. SmartHort was developed by AHDB for growers, and aims to reduce labour requirements in horticulture through the adoption of new technology and automation, as well as improving labour efficiencies and increasing staff retention through smarter management practices
The core requirement of this tender is to identify a suitable supplier to develop and lead LEAN training through AHDBs ongoing Strategic SmartHort Centres programme. The programme has a clear emphasis on helping horticulture businesses embed LEAN principles and techniques to improve labour efficiencies and mitigate against labour shortages.


About the buyer


Stoneleigh Park




Other information


Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender and respond to the opportunity:
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How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.