Three Galway firms feature in new casebook outlining how businesses have saved millions through Lean for Micro programme


Three Galway firms have shared their stories of positive transformation in a new case book which outlines how businesses nationwide have saved millions of euro through the revolutionary Lean for Micro programme.  

Lean for Micro was introduced in 2015 to help small to medium enterprises positively transform their business by increasing productivity, cutting costs and improving competitiveness.

Since then, 32 Galway businesses have saved a staggering €3.1m in their operating costs by engaging with the programme through Local Enterprise Office Galway.

Three Galway businesses are now featured in a new book of case studies, which examines 22 ventures nationwide that successfully participated in the groundbreaking programme.

City-based web design and marketing firm Armour Interactive, Clarinbridge firm Clinical Cabinets and Tuam-based Skylark Electric Attic Stairs have all shared their inspiring stories of positive transformation.  

With the expertise of LEO Galway, they developed more efficient models of operation that allowed them to increase productivity, cut costs, improve quality and access greater markets.  

Peter and Carole Morrow of Skylark Electric Attic Stairs say they saved €138 thousand in the first year of engagement with the programme, and are on-course to save a further €250 thousand in 2020 alone.

“Productivity is up 300%. We wouldn’t be here without Lean at this stage – it’s now the way we run our business. Implementing Lean has enabled us to grow into many new markets – not just several countries in Europe, but also the USA and Australia.”

Since entering the programme, Directors Andrew Dewdney and Jamie Casey of Armour Interactive says they’ve experienced a significant increase in the efficiency of design and development – allowing them to work on the business, rather than in it.

“The improved processes are leading to a reduction of 70% in design team time wastage and 40% in development team time waste. These improvements have allowed us to grow our capabilities without significant growth to our cost base. It allows the management team to focus on sales, growth, quality, strategy and new markets.”

Director of Clinical Cabinets, Elaine Divilly, says they sought out the assistance of Local Enterprise Galway in 2016 after realising that ‘things needed to change’.

She says now, the success of the Lean for Micro programme in transforming the business can be seen and felt on a daily basis.

“Productivity increased by a massive 82% with a total cost saving of approximately €76 thousand. Over the course of three years, we have seen turnover and profit improvements of up to 20%. The culture has changed to becoming more customer focused.”

All 3 Galway firms have shared their Lean for Micro success stories in the ‘Lean Implementation in Micro & Small Enterprises Book of Cases 2020’.

The book will be launched at the Druid Theatre in Galway City this evening (Wed 3/3) at 5.30 – to coincide with the announcement of the Galway winner of this year’s National Enterprise Awards.

To learn more about Lean for Micro being offered through Local Enterprise Office Galway, please visit here:

Or call LEO Galway at 091-509090, or email