LEAN for Micro 2019

Making It Happen


The Local Enterprise Offices Cork (hereinafter referred to as LEOs Cork), as part of our ongoing commitment to our micro-enterprises are starting a new Lean for Micro programme in March 2019. Lean projects are derived from problems arising within a business. Lean thinking towards problem solving starts with a clear statement of a problem and leads through its resolution using a process of measurement, analysis, implementation and evaluation of the solution. The tools used on this programme will allow your businesses to increase profitability, lower costs and improve customer satisfaction.

Our contracted agents to deliver this programme are Allyson English and Stuart Nelson of V.A.E Consultancy Ltd who have created a unique, practical and proven framework that enables them to develop solutions which produce the ultimate competitive advantage to clients. Their framework methodology recognises four specific cornerstones for success: leadership, coaching, standardisation and education. By employing Lean methodologies and best practices, they partner with clients to deliver the best results from their people and processes. 

The Lean Approach: It enhances value for the customer. This means, delivering what the customer needs, when it is required and at the best possible price. Lean offers a structured methodology that maximises value for the customer through the elimination of waste from an organisation’s activities. Lean examines the entire value stream – the sum of all activities completed by an organisation to produce a product or to deliver a service.

The elimination of waste is a key underlying principle of Lean. It requires moving away from the traditional approaches to process improvement and instead focusing on the product or service provided to the end customer. A culture of continuous improvement is key to any organisations sustained success in the elimination of waste. Instilling this culture is done by considering three aspects of the business: Purpose, Processes, People.

Who is the programme suitable for?

·         Micro-enterprises – those employing 1-10 employees

·         Those trading with 1-18 months+.

·         Established manufacturing or service businesses

·         Suitable for all sectors

·         Clients who are open to change

·         Clients who have growth potential

·         Clients with a steady and growing customer base

·         Clients who have potential to export or who are already exporting their product or service


Our subsidised cost of this programme is €500 per business. This is only payable once you have been offered and accept a place on the programme.

Programme Format:

It's a requirement for all the participants to attend day long group workshop on what the programme entails covering: the benefits of lean principles which underpin LEAN thinking. It will introduce the concept and benefits of continuous improvement which lies at the core of LEAN transformation.

Full day (group) Workshop for successful applicants - Monday, 25th March 2019 from 10.00am - 5.30pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

Programme will consist of 10 X half day workshops over a 20-week period commencing March 2019 at participants own premises - dates/time to be agreed with VAE Consultancy.


How to apply:

  • Closing date for completion of online applications is Friday 14th of March 2019
  •  Apply at http://t1n.ie/1cr 

    To ascertain your suitability for the programme, there will be telephone interviews between the applicant and Allyson English and Stuart Nelson of V.A.E Consultancy Ltd.    

 Group Workshop for successful applicants on 25th March 2019 from 10.00am - 5.30pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork.