Highest Lean Score!


A-one+ underwent a Highways England Lean Maturity Assessment (HELMA) this week and has been accredited with a 3.3 HELMA score. It is the highest score to-date, awarded to any organisation in the Highways England supply chain.

HELMA assessors carried out an intensive 2-day moderation on March 11 and 12 which included; visits to our Normanton office, West Cowick depot, the Ouse Bridge renewal scheme and several conference calls with Area 4.

During the assessment Highways England gave us positive feedback on several areas of continued good practice and offered guidance on potential areas for focus going forward.

The high score of 3.3 out of a maximum of 5 demonstrates continual improvement in Lean maturity within A-one+.

This is an excellent result which reflects the hard-work and progress made across the entire organisation.

The A-one+ Lean journey started in 2011 when we deployed our Lean strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to; deliver customer value, increase capacity and improve business performance using Lean philosophy, tools and techniques, helping us to achieve efficiencies.

Throughout our journey we have made continual and steady progress which is documented through the efficiencies register and formally recognised through the official Highways England Lean assessment (HELMA) where we are measured and scored.

Our Lean goals are to:

  • Embed Lean into our culture and improvement plans
  • Train, develop and engage our people so they can deliver targeted improvements
  • Demonstrate Lean maturity through the HELMA framework

The A-one+ Lean deployment plan will be reviewed in line with the feedback received.

Click the link for more details about HELMA.