Accelerate Your Growth - Lean, Green, Export, Digital and Innovation supports for your business

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Accelerate Your Growth: Lean, Green, Export, Digital and Innovation supports for your business 

March 8th, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Salthill Hotel



Get expert advice on Lean, Green, Exporting and Digital! (1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day)

One to one advisory sessions available with our experienced business consultants on the day 

Please note, these sessions must be booked separately, even if you're registered for the 'Accelerating your Growth' event.



Our panel of expert speakers aims to inform, inspire, and engage owner managers and their key staff on how they can implement technologies, processes and products to their business in order to be more competitive


This in-person event takes place in the Salthill Hotel, Salthill, Galway which will be followed by a Networking Lunch 


How do these supports help your business?


Lean business principles in your organisations to increase performance and competitiveness. Lean is for all companies, regardless of sector. 

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, improve operations and create a more innovative organisation. In a nutshell, Lean is about doing things quicker, better and saving costs. Lean strives to remove waste and to continually improve a company.


Robert Hernan

Senior Lean advisor in Enterprise Ireland's Lean / Operational Excellence team. Currently
supporting Enterprise Ireland's food companies in implementing Lean transforms having
previously managed Lean Start and Plus business offers. Managed the successful Lean for
Micro (LEOs) pilot in 2015, supported the roll out of the IDA Lean initiative, 2016 and Lean
Business Ireland’s roll out of regional lean networks, 2018.

Member of Lean Business Ireland committee and West Northwest Lean network committee.
Previously was the technical manager in Eolas accredited ecotoxicity laboratory.

Danielle Roche
Co-owner of Stitches Alterations, and participant in LEO Galways' Lean for Micro programme


Developing a ‘greener’ policy can offer many benefits to your business, including:

• Increased cost savings
• Improved resource efficiency (for example: using less energy, water, and materials)
• Reduced environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions

• Opportunities for higher and additional value on products and services
• Increased access to customers, improved corporate image and reputation.


James Hogan

Programme Manager and Environmental Consultant at Clean Technology Centre, Munster Technological University.


James is a part time lecturer in MTU in the area of resource efficiency, but has also provided training in areas of energy management, resource efficiency, circular economy and sustainability on behalf of Solas, Failte Ireland, Skillnets and Local Authorities and the EPA.

 James was responsible for managing 2 national resource efficiency programmes on behalf of the EPA; Green Hospitality Certification Programme (2008-2016) and the Green Business Programme on behalf of the EPA (2011- 2018). The GB programme worked with more that 350 businesses and identified €14million cost savings.

James is now providing supports for SMEs through the LEO Green for Micro programme, EI Green Start and Climate Action vouchers and the SEAI Energy Auditing scheme.


If you are considering expanding into international markets, or if you are an early stage exporter this event will heighten your awareness of market opportunities and supports available.  

Designed to outline the steps to export success, this session is packed with practical advice.


Karagh Kelly, Commercial Director, IMS Marketing 

Karagh has a strong track record in marketing strategy, execution and programme design with SME clients and national development organisations including LEO, Enterprise Ireland and Intertrade Ireland. Karagh brings a creative and innovative approach to all projects and is always striving to help companies growth their business nationally and internationally.


Karagh’s skills and competencies include:

• Export strategy and new market entry

• Planning and implementation of international marketing plans

• Branding and communication strategies

• Programme and service design for multiple state organisations

• Karagh is a business advisor on the Enterprise Ireland, Enter the Eurozone programme and is responsible for the design and rollout of LEO Galway’s Begin2Export programme

• She also regularly works with LEO clients nationally in a mentoring capacity.



Businesses need to maximise every advantage - and implementing a digital strategy can give businesses a real edge, from optimising processes to delivering a seamless digital customer experience, the aim is to help businesses prepare and implement a plan for the adoption of digital tools and techniques across the business.


Olivia Forde – Owner of Zap Consulting

Oliva has over 25 years’ experience in the IT Industry. She provides clients with a wide range of services that will help them thrive and grow. Olivia will spend time analysing and selecting systems and processes to enhance the efficiency of your business through identifying the right solution to help make your business succeed.Specialties: Management, IT Management, Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, Technology & Business Strategy, Integrations , ERP , CRM, System Selection, System Feasibility Analysis, System Setup/Configuration

GTC / The Innovation Exchange

At the recent Digital West Conference, Galway Technology Centre was named as the first regional channel partner of The Innovation Exchange.

The partnership will offer SMEs located in the West of Ireland, and operating in the digital transformation space, the unique opportunity to pitch to, and collaborate with, large corporates looking to access innovation.

As part of this partnership, Galway Technology Centre, which supports innovative, globally trading companies in the ICT sector, will bring both corporates and scale-ups based in the west of Ireland on board as The Innovation Exchange members. Furthermore, it will bring benefits of The Innovation Exchange to enterprise hubs across the west of Ireland.

The Innovation Exchange, is Ireland’s first innovation marketplace. It connects large companies facing digital transformation challenges with technology companies that can fast track the solutions. The initiative is managed by Furthr (formerly Dublin BIC) and funded by Skillnet Ireland.

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Noreen Conway 
Regional Collaboration and Outreach Manager at Galway Technology Centre.

Noreen supports businesses to scale and grow and creates the connections and conditions that enable them to do so in the west region. Responsible for managing stakeholder relationships and executing the regional partnership strategy for the Centre.


Get expert advice on Lean, Green, Exporting and Digital!

One to one advisory sessions available with our experienced business consultants on the day

Please note, these sessions must be booked separately, even if you're registered for the 'Accelerating your Growth' event.