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I am going to carry out an investigation into S Parton Construction Ltd. I will investigate its Method of Production, I will also make a proposal which gives details on how the business can be improved.

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Introduction I am going to carry out an investigation into S Parton Construction Ltd. I will investigate its Method of Production, I will also make a proposal which gives details on how the business can be improved. S Parton Construction Ltd is a small business which started in the year 2000 located in Wolverhampton. The average turnover of the business is £750,000 per annum. It is owned by Steven Parton and for this portfolio I arranged to have a meeting with him to find out more about the business. S Parton Construction Limited is a building company which contracts other businesses to make products. S Parton Construction Ltd is not a large company. It is a small business which buys materials in small amounts. This is why they do not benefit from economies of scale. In an interview with Mr Parton he stated that he may need to pay more money for a small amount of materials however, he tries to have a good relationship with his suppliers so that if a specialist item is required he does not have to pay large amounts of money. The kind of services and products S Parton offers includes: * School extensions * Domestic extensions * Grant aided work for disabled people * Alterations * Refurbishments I will investigate the factors which affect S Parton Construction Ltd including: * How the business manages its resources * How it plans its production * Its method of production * How Research and development in the building industry affects what it does I will then propose an improvement to make the business more efficient with the benefits and limitations of the proposal. External Environment Location S. Parton Construction Ltd's location is a key element to weather it is successful or not. Since it is located in Wolverhampton there are different factors about this area which can affect the business such as: * Employment Levels ?

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Just in Time Production (JIT) Mr Parton's way of ordering stock can be related to Just in Time production. He orders materials when he needs them to do a job. This is mainly down to the industry that he is in. Working in the Construction industry means that he may not have a huge amount of work on at certain periods so therefore he doesn't order materials. However a point may come when he gets lots of orders and materials are needed straight away. This is an example of a Pull system of Production. This also eliminates any costs of storage because materials are being used by the workers as soon as they are delivered. To be able to benefit from Just In time production good relationships with Suppliers may be needed. In my Interview with Mr Parton he stated that he does try to get good relationships with his suppliers so that he may be able to buy materials cheaper and get them delivered quicker. Also, the fact that his brother also owns a building business means Mr Parton may be able to get materials from him cheaper. There are many potential benefits JIT can offer to Mr Parton. This includes the reduction of operating costs meaning the business is more competitive. The system can also reduce time scales meaning jobs are completed quicker and as a result more jobs can be taken on throughout the year. There are also some drawbacks to Just in Time production. Firstly, great planning is needed to know when materials will be needed and how much will be needed although as I said earlier this is done through the architects drawing. Another and more critical drawback is the supply of materials. If Mr Parton fails to get his suppliers to deliver materials at a certain time then that is costly because there will be no work to complete.

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* Work you want to do might obstruct the view of road users * Work would involve a new or wider access to a trunk or classified road When you don't need to apply You can make certain types of minor changes to your home without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called your ' permitted development rights'. Planning permission is generally not required for: * Changes to the inside of buildings * Small alterations to the outside, such as the installation of telephone connections and alarm boxes * Other small changes, for example putting up walls and fences below a certain height (Source: www.direct.gov.uk) Appendix 14 Interview with Marianne Douglas from Wolverhampton city council I have conducted an interview with Marianne Douglas (Project management trainer) to find out about Project Management and how this could help Mr Parton and his business. The main Project Overview * There is a sequence of tasks * There are different resources * There is a limited time span * The project manager's responsibility is to make sure the projects objectives are met * There are also risks and issues Projects fail because: * Poor planning * Communicating with the wrong people * Inaccurate estimating of the time and effort required * There are a lack of skills of resources Projects succeed because: * Clear organisation structure * Good communication between manager and team workers * Time spent planning and re-planning The project lifecycle * Start up * Project proposal is drawn up and maybe rejected or accepted * Initiation * Putting together the outline of the project * Delivery * Doing what has been planned * Closure * This stage occurs when all the business objectives have been achieved She stated that although project management software such as Microsoft Project were good tools to have, they would often distract the users therefore they would lose focus on the project since they are becoming too bogged down with the IT.

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