Lean for Micro

If you thought LEAN was a programme for large manufacturing type programmes only – THINK AGAIN!

This is initiative can be implemented across a range of sectors

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Distribution
  • Personal Services etc.

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 Westmeath 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 increase of 20%
  • Sales increase of 40%
  • Delivery / Adherence up 43%
  • Product & Service quality up 30%
  • Employment increased up 11%

Cost

What costs are involved?

The Lean for Micro Business Offering is very heavily subsidised,  for a full LEAN assignment the business pays €250 and the Westmeath Local Enterprise Office will provide grant funding for the cost of undertaking a Lean for Micro assignment to a maximum of €5,000 + VAT.

 

For a Mini Lean Assignment the business pays €150 and the LEO will provide grant funding for the cost of undertaking a Mini Lean for Micro assignment to a maximum of €3,000 + VAT.

 

What’s involved?

The programme involves an in-company assignment by an external ‘Lean’ consultant who will introduce Lean principles and complete a specific cost reduction project. Assignments will be carried out over a 6 to 8 week period and will include 5.5  or 3 day consultancy days with in-company visits to each business scheduled depending on each situation.. Consultants must be approved by the Enterprise Ireland Lean team. 

 

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.

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:

The programme will help to:

  • Identify issues and potential improvement areas
  • Achieve savings and improvements in capability and capacity to deliver
  • Provide expert support to implement and embed improvements
  • Engage your staff in implementing improvements
  • Focus on adding value to your customer

Who is it for?

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

Overview

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their business, 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 – to add value for your customer.

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath recognises the importance of the development of management skills for people managing their own micro or small enterprises. It also recognises the very substantial improvements in productivity and profitability that can result from the application of LEAN principles in any organisation and aims to support managers in effectively embracing LEAN methodologies in their businesses.

Directory of Lean Service Providers

A directory of service providers interested in undertaking assignments under the Lean Business Offer is maintained by Enterprise Ireland.  The directory holds a profile provided by each service provider on their expertise and experience with Lean projects. A company must select a service provider from this directory. Service providers can apply for consideration to be added to the directory. Inclusion in the directory will be based on their experience and expertise.

Please ensure you carefully read the Guidelines for Use of Directory prior to selecting from the list of service providers.

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 service providers 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 service provider.

Cost

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 €250 and the Westmeath Local Enterprise Office will provide grant funding for the outstanding costs to a maximum of €4,750. 

Testimonials

The Scullery “Introducing Lean Manufacturing will give me the competitive edge I need to move forward to the next level of my business”

West Cork Vegetable Solutions “The course has made our organisation more profitable by reducing distribution costs, increasing production efficiency and personally showed me how to protect my profit margins

Savvy Kitchens “It is always worthwhile to take stock of your whole operation. The lean project allowed us to do this & indeed to improve in a lot of areas”.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not book this programme until you have contacted LEO Westmeath and submitted the application form.

If you have any queries on the programme please contact localenterprise@westmeathcoco.ie 

The Enterprise Ireland Lean Business Offer


After a successful pilot in 2009, Enterprise Ireland launched its Lean Business Offer (LBO) in 2010. The LBO was designed to encourage companies to adopt Lean thinking and practices to help them increase productivity and improve overall competitiveness. Additionally, it would enable the establishment of a culture of continuous improvement, and lead to increases in profitable sales, exports, and employment.

The LBO is based on three levels of engagement of increasing scale and complexity – incremental improvements – depending on the capability and capacity of the company:

  • 1. LeanStart – learn the basics.

  • 2. LeanPlus – performance improvement.

  • 3. LeanTransform – enterprise-wide transformation in culture and performance.

Click here for more details on Lean Implementation in Micro & Small Enterprises Book of Cases 2020 

 

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