Second Lean Programme for 2017

The Local Enterprise Office Kildare is pleased to announce that we are offering a second ‘Lean for Micro” Programme for businesses in 2017.


What is Lean?

Lean is about being effective and efficient - doing things quicker, better, cheaper. Lean strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across all sectors and all sections from e.g. production, business processes but also sales and financial analysis and strategy.

The techniques are used to address competitiveness issues within their businesses, building the capability of their people to identify issues and improve their operations. Lean is about being effective and efficient - doing things quicker, better, cheaper…together. Lean strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve.

The Local Enterprise Office Kildare recognises these very substantial improvements in productivity and profitability that can result from the application of lean principles and aims to support owner/managers in effectively embracing lean methodologies in their businesses.

A pilot carried out in 2015 by LEO’s found that the projects undertaken by the twelve companies as part of the pilot all resulted in positive outcomes for the companies. Increase in Output/Capacity ranged from 10% to 100% while annual cost savings ranged from €8,600 to €151,000,100% capacity increase and some of the 12 businesses had Profits increased by 100k.

Forfas also carried out a study on SME’s and found those that implemented Lean also had positive results:

  • Productivity up 20%

  • Sales up 40%

  • Delivery adherence up 43%

  • Product & Service quality up 30%

  • Employment up 11%

What are the Objectives?

Participants will have the knowledge and skills to enable them undertake small lean projects resulting in continuous cost reduction improvements in their businesses. The scheme will help to:

  • Identify issues and potential improvement areas

  • Provide support to implement

  • Achieve savings and improvements in capability and capacity to deliver

What’s involved?

The programme involves a two day workshop by an external ‘Lean’ consultant who will introduce Lean principles and 5 x 3.5 hours of onsite mentoring for each business. Consultants must be approved by the Enterprise Ireland Lean team.  

Who is it for?

It is aimed at owner / managers and key staff members of any Kildare businesses who wish to gain an introduction to lean concepts and allow them to gain a practical understanding of lean principles by undertaking a focused assignment with expert mentoring support.

What costs are involved?

The Lean for Micro Business Offering is very heavily subsidised, the cost of undertaking a Lean for Micro assignment is €5,000.  The business must pay the first €1000 and the Kildare Local Enterprise Office will provide grant funding for the remaining €4000. 

To register your interest - Please fill out the application form and email it to by Friday 13th October 2017