Amanda Jones, the former managing director of rail systems engineers, Rowe Hankins, has set up a new manufacturing consultancy. Growing the business during her time as MD from £4 to £6 million, Amanda’s new venture, HFZ Consulting, will advise on business growth, quality systems implementation, financial control and manufacturing.
Amanda explained, “HFZ stands for hassle free zone. Our approach is not the usual business school formula, but based on practical experience building teams and motivating them to achieve higher performance. The aim will be to produce real gains for clients in the shortest possible time frame.”
Targeting rail supply, engineering and other manufacturing businesses HFZ can call on expertise from a network of specialists, who are all experienced practitioners in their fields. “Many business owners and managers are so close to their business and engaged day-to-day issues that they are blind to opportunities for improvement. Our aim is to give these clients quick wins, but also introduce longer term strategies for continued growth and improvement,” Amanda said.
Release issued: November 22, 2013
After an early career in banking and experience running a promotional goods company, Amanda joined Rowe Hankins in 1992 as a part time bookkeeper. Her can-do approach saw a series of promotions, including secretary to the directors and operations director – responsible for technical, logistical and financial operation of engineering projects. Following a sudden illness in 2008 founder, Toni Hankins, became chairman and Amanda stepped into the interim role as managing director designate, before becoming managing director in 2009.
During Amanda’s tenure at the head of the company, they achieved the internationally recognised IRIS quality systems accreditation standard in rail. Rowe Hankins was one of the first second tier component supply companies to meet the stringent requirements.
The company also won a multi-million pound contract from Network rail for non-intrusive current monitors – a device that provides early warning of electrical insulation degradation, avoiding sudden failure and providing opportunities for preventative maintenance. Significant progress was also made at this time in the development of wheel flange lubrication systems to prolong wheel and track life, reduce noise nuisance, save fuel and protect the environment.