What is Lean

Lean For Micro


Lean into working smarter, not harder!



Lean For Micro is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean business principles in their organisations to increase performance and competitiveness. Lean is for all companies, regardless of sector – it is not just for manufacturing companies.

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.

So, don’t delay and join the 1,000’s of companies all over Ireland who have successfully engaged in LEAN business programmes and recorded significant gains, including:

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

(Source: Government report)


How does Lean For Micro work?




The first step is to talk to your local LEO. The LEO Lean for Micro Programme runs across all 31 LEO regions. Up to 90% funding is available and the programme runs in two ways:

  • One-to-Many – In this delivery method, one Lean Service Provider is selected by the LEO after tender and works with all the companies on the programme. There is an initial 1-to-2-day “Introduction to Lean” workshop followed by up to 5 half-day visits to the company.

  • One-to-One – In this delivery method, the company itself selects the Lean Service Provider it wishes to work with on its project.

With both methods, the Lean Service Provider will visit the company, evaluate its processes, and speak with the company’s managers about challenges faced by the business and the improvement project opportunities to be carried out over several weeks. Several Lean tools and techniques will be applied as appropriate to the needs of the business and improvement project at-hand. Additionally, management and staff will be trained and mentored on Lean. At the end of the engagement with the Lean Service Provider, a final report, case study, and metrics, are sent to the LEO.

Click here to apply for Lean for Micro