€50,000 investment focused on making County Carlow companies Lean

The Local Enterprise Office are offering ten County Carlow companies with the opportunity to adopt Lean business principles in their organisation to increase performance and competitiveness.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their businesses, building the capability of their people to identify issues and improve their operations, increasing capacity as they improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Lean is shorthand for focusing on effectiveness and efficiency across all areas of a business. Lean works most effectively where it has become the way of doing business, where it is a fundamental part of the business strategy and not just “using some tools”. Those that embark on the full lean program can avail of group training and individual company consultancy from a Lean Expert (Qualified Practitioner) from an EI approved lean consultant valued at €5,000.

Speaking about the benefits of Lean, Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise for Carlow County Council’s – Local Enterprise Office said “It is well accepted by now that "lean thinking and practice" is more than just a kit of process improvement tools. That's what has always separated the practice of lean thinking from the various process improvement models that have come and gone over the past few decades, such as total quality management, six sigma, business process reengineering. Those toolkits were exactly that: toolkits to improve processes”, Mr. Comerford continued to say “it’s the aim of the Local Enterprise Offices to work on increasing capacity of indigenous companies so that they can reach their potential from an expansion, employment and opportunity viewpoint”.

Speaking about the supports of the Local Enterprise Office, Bernie O’Brien – Director of Services with Carlow County Council said “We believe that programmes such as Lean help Carlow Companies to grow and create jobs in the County which, in turn, will have a profoundly positive impact on our local economy”, O’Brien concluded by saying “Our Local Enterprise Office is playing a significant role in accelerating local job creation and investment among small businesses in County Carlow through its many support services.”

For further information on how to participate in Lean contact Sarah Byrne on sbyrne@carlowcoco.ie  or call 059/9129783

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For further information contact Kieran Comerford on 086/8252037 e-mail: kcomerford@carlowcoco.ie