LEAN Business Programme in DLR

Lean Business Programme in DLR

LEAN tools and techniques are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their businesses by building the capability of their people to identify problems and improve operations. LEAN is about being effective and efficient- doing things quicker, better, cheaper... together.

DLR County Council and the Local Enterprise Office are committed to supporting companies in DLR to do the same. The Lean Business Programme in DLR is designed to encourage companies based in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to adopt Lean business principles in their organisations to increase performance and competitiveness – there are two strands to the programme:

LEAN is a practical and proven way of improving your business.

An independent review found that Irish businesses engaged in LEAN business programmes recorded significant gains:

  • Productivity increase of 20%
  • Sales increase of 40%
  • Delivery adherence up 43%
  • Product & Service quality up 30%
  • Employment increased up 11%

See what companies in DLR have to say about the benefits of Lean Programmes:

Lean Business - Lean for Leaders

Free morning workshops followed by an optional in-company consultancy visit

1. Introductory Workshops - 'Introduction to LEAN for Leaders'

LEAN for Leaders is designed for business leaders, business owners and managers, to explore how Lean business principles and practices can help you improve your business effectiveness, efficiency and competitiveness.

The half day workshop, delivered by Steve Halpin, ETAC Solutions includes examples of how LEAN has been implemented in a range of companies, across different industry sectors, business models and stages of development – and some of the benefits to those companies, their staff and customers.

The Shingo Model of Operational Excellence – Guiding Principles, Systems, Culture, Tools and Results – will be used as a framework for this half-day workshop.

This programme is only available to companies with four or more full time employees, have been in business more than three years and have a business located in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • TBC

2. Leading LEAN in Your Business

  • Is your business ready for Lean?
  • Where to start with Lean?
  • Support for scoping out your Lean implementation project

After the introductory workshop, there will be an elective follow-up, for companies based in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown who have attended these events.

To start you on your Lean journey, an experienced Lean business mentor will visit your company to meet with you and your team for a half day, to assess your company's readiness for Lean and where to start implementation.

The cost of this visit is significantly subsidised by DLR County Council, at 90% and details will be provided at the introductory workshops. Places are limited.


  • Based on Shingo Principles – considering Culture, Processes, Data, Metrics, Communications channels, Quality assurance, Alignment of business systems to Create Value for your Customer.
  • Structured Feedback after the in-company visit.
  • Recommendations for Lean implementation action plan.

Cost to participant company is €100.

LEAN Business Programme in DLR - Lean for Micro

 LEAN for Micro Resize

Take a deep dive into LEAN business principles and practices - and how it may be practically applied in your business to make real improvements - reduce waste and cost, focus on a breakthrough project, engage your staff and improve customer satisfaction.

Participants will receive group training and mentoring support, from a designated mentor over a 16 week period, to bring practical project tasks to a successful conclusion.

3 half days of workshop training - 8.00am to 10.30am

5 x 3.5 hour 1:1 mentoring

Total Cost

Training Workshop Dates for 2020:

  • 9th July 2020
  • 16th July 2020
  • 23rd July 2020

Training Workshop VenueOnline

Application Form

Early booking is highly recommended, as places are limited to 14.

Submit your application now: Application form (closing date: 3rd July 2020)


For queries or further information contact: Marion Walshe dublin@plato.ie or (086) 823 4309


Testimonials for Lean for Micro:

"The Lean programme one of the most practical and easily applied courses I have ever done. It has forced me to open my eyes and question the way we do everything in our business. The balance of the course between theory and practical is excellent and having the opportunity to work with Dermot (the mentor) one on one has made a remarkable difference to my business." - Kate McLoughlin, McLoughlin Craft Butchers, Clondalkin

“One of the most awakening statements made at the program was “waste is all around us its just not that easy to see” however when you become aware of it and start seeing it, and replacing it with lean processes everyone's work life becomes easier and more efficient. For a happy work life go Lean.” - Cathy Coughlan, Managing Director, Dorian Black Suits, Dublin

Lean Implementation in Micro and Small Enterprises