Lean for Micro

Lean for Micro Business Programme 

The benefits for clients participating in the Lean Programme can be seen here

 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.  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 Meath 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.  In 2014 an independent review found that Irish businesses engaged in lean business programmes recorded significant gains: 

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

You can learn more about the Benefits of Becoming a Lean Service Business by reading Enterprise Ireland's guide of practical steps and advice

Programme Objectives

On successful completion of the Lean Business Programme, participants will have the knowledge and skills to enable them undertake small lean projects resulting in continuous cost reduction improvements in their businesses. The programme will help to:

  • Identify issues and potential improvement areas.
  • Provide support to implement.
  • Achieve savings and improvements in capability and capacity to deliver.

Programme Content

The Lean Business Programme will involve up to 5.5 full days that will introduce business owner/managers to Lean concepts and enable companies to undertake a Lean assignment in their business under the guidance and support of a qualified Lean mentor.  The in-company assignment will be a cost reduction project and will typically be delivered over 8 to 12 weeks.  After a suitable in-company project has been identified, a diagnosis of current practice and performance and key performance indicators will be established to achieve targeted business improvement measures based on a set of Lean tools and methodologies tailored to suit each client’s situation.  A Lean mentor will be available for up to 5.5 full days, with in-company visits to each business scheduled depending on each situation.

Aimed at ...

The Lean business programme is aimed at owner/managers and key staff members of small businesses who wish to gain and introduction to lean concepts and allow them to gain a practical understanding of lean principles by undertaking a focused assignment with expert mentoring support.  The programme will be available to a limited number of Meath businesses commencing in Quarter 4, 2017.  Participating businesses will be encouraged to have two people attend the workshop if appropriate.

Programme Duration

Assignments will typically be carried out over a 6-8 week period. 

Am I Eligible?

Lean for Micro will be available to a limited number of LEO clients.  The programme is available to Measure 1 LEO eligible companies who employ up to 10 employees in eligible LEO sectors who have the potential to export/internationally trade.  Participating clients will be selected subject to eligibility as determined by LEOs and depending on the client’s existing capability in using Lean business principles, the current size, and their particular business development needs.

What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The typical cost of undertaking a Lean for Micro assignment is €5,000.  The company must pay the first €300 and the Local Enterprise Office will provide grant funding for the outstanding costs to a maximum of €4,700.  Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring a Lean consultant/trainer for a maximum of 5.5 days.  Consultants must be approved by the Enterprise Ireland Lean Team.  The maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer is €900 inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.

Note: Receipt of other grants may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.

How do I apply?

All applications for Lean for Micro should be discussed with your Local Enterprise Office.  See contact details under More Information.

Shortlisted businesses who can demonstrate a capability for a lean project will be invited to complete an application form for Lean for Micro.  If the company has already initiated a Lean for Micro assignment before submitting an application to the Local Enterprise Office, the application and associated expenditure will not be accepted.

Where can I find a suitable consultant/trainer?

directory of consultants/trainers interested in undertaking assignments under this initiative is maintained by Enterprise Ireland.  The directory holds a profile provided by each consultant/trainer on their expertise and experience with Lean projects.  A company may select a consultant/trainer from this directory, or it may select a consultant/trainer who is not.  In either case, before the company applies for funding, sufficient information must be provided to Enterprise Ireland to demonstrate that the proposed consultant/trainer is qualified to carry out the proposed work and has previously carried out similar assignments satisfactorily.

Please ensure you carefully read the Directory and the Guidelines for Use of Directory [excel format] prior to selecting from the list of consultants/trainers.

Enterprise Ireland does not give any warranty, either express or implied, as to the qualifications or suitability of any of the persons on the list of consultants/trainers and Enterprise Ireland will not be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by a company’s decision to retain the services of such a consultant/trainer.

More Information ...

Key Contact                

Lorna Cooney
Senior Enterprise Development Officer
Meath Local Enterprise Office

eMail: lorna.cooney@meathcoco.ie
Tel: 046-9097589

Web: http://www.localenterprise.ie/meath                                                                                                          

Disclaimer to Note

For the avoidance of doubt it is understood and accepted that it is the applicant companies who are selecting and entering into a contract with third parties.  The State and its agents (including Local Enterprise Office(s), Enterprise Ireland or any Government Department) does not accept any liability whatsoever in respect of any deficit in or consequences arising from products or services procured by or provided to companies under this scheme.  In submitting your application under this scheme you are confirming that you understand and accept this disclaimer.



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