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Enterprise Ireland Lean Programs

LeanStart provides an introduction to Lean concepts and allows you to gain an understanding of what the tools and techniques can do for your company in a short, focused engagement.

Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring Kefron McLaw to undertake a short in-company assignment which will:

  • introduce Lean principles and Agile processes.
  • achieve immediate cost reduction targets.
  • lay down a foundation for future Lean or productivity improvement projects.

Assignments will typically be carried out over eight to ten weeks. Companies will be eligible to receive support for a maximum of seven consultancy days. Maximum funding is €5000.


LeanPlus refers to a Lean project over a medium-term period. Interested companies can apply to Enterprise Ireland for a Business Process Improvement Grant to support the costs of the Lean Plus Assignment.

A LeanPlus assignment is a medium term business process improvement project which will result in sustained use of Lean techniques and related methodologies by the company and will achieve significant measurable gains in capabilities and competitiveness.The LeanPlus assignment should:

  • deliver significant productivity improvement and cost reductions.
  • embed a culture of business improvement and lean techniques to a cohort of trained staff.
  • introduce a programme to pursue company-wide improvement.

Assignments may vary in size and scope but will typically be completed within six months and will not exceed a total project cost of €70,000. Please contact us for more details.


LeanTransform is a large scale extensive and holistic company transformation programme delivered by an external consultancy team of international reputation. Lean Transform projects should:

  • deliver company-wide transformation in culture and productivity performance.
  • embed the competencies necessary for on-going competitiveness gains in the company.
  • result in sustainable improvement in the business and across its supply chain.

The LeanTransform initiative is primarily designed for larger companies with significant operations who can demonstrate to Enterprise Ireland that they have existing capability and resources to implement a programme of this scale.

Assignments will typically run for at least one year. The assignment is preceded by a scoping exercise. For more details or to apply please contact us.

The Lean Start Program

In cooperation with Enterprise Ireland