Lean Business Programmes

Over 800 Lean Projects

808 Lean projects have been completed to date within the Enterprise Ireland Lean Business Programme (as of March 2016).

  • 484 LeanStart projects yielding an average savings of €55k
  • 229 LeanPlus Plus programmes yielding an average savings of €145k
  • 95 LeanTransform programmes delivering significant savings

ETAC Solutions have been an Enterprise Ireland training provider since 2010.

Our team have developed LeanStart (up to €3150 grant of €6300 cost), LeanPlus (up to 50% of costs up to €75,000) and LeanTransform (up to 50% of costs of over €100,000).

IDA Lean Offer – Brochure

The IDA Business Development & Client Networking Division, in partnership with EI and IDA’s Corporate Communications Team, have designed a brochure outlining IDA Ireland’s Lean/Green Business Offer & Competitiveness Benchmark to client companies engaged in both manufacturing and services activities.
A pdf version of the brochure is attached.

Click here to download the IDA Lean brochure

Lean Business Philosophy

  • Lean is a business philosophy.
  • It aims to fully understand and continuously validate client requirements.
  • It recognises that an organisation’s staff are the process experts.
  • Staff should be encouraged to improve the process and learn from structured process improvement.
  • Processes can be continually improved in line with client requirements and time should be optimised by driving out non-value added waste.
  • The approach is customer-focussed, staff-focussed and process-focussed.
  • Working to this philosophy will develop operations and improve client service and profitability.

Evaluation of Enterprise Ireland Lean Business Offer

  • Lean projects delivered immediate benefits to participating companies.
  • 77% reported improvements in productivity and / or capacity increases in their final project reports.
  • On average, every year after the approval of a grant that was drawn down, Lean client companies had an annual productivity value that was of the
  • order of €37,000 per employee higher than companies in the matched control group. This represents an increase of 20%.
  • The econometric analysis on sales and employment and the survey outputs also provide strong evidence for improved productivity leading to
  • increased competitiveness which, in turn, will lead to increased sales, exports and employment.

From: Lean Business Offers report

Enterprise Ireland | IDA Programmes

There are three programmes on offer


  • 7 days
  • Over 8 weeks
  • Cost reduction project
  • Basic Lean principles
  • Cost: €6,300
  • IDA Grant: €5,000
  • EI Grant: €3,150 (reduced from July 1st 2015)


  • 30 days +
  • Over 6 months
  • Significant use of Lean techniques
  • Significant productivity improvement
  • Cost of up to €70,000
  • Grant of up to 50% + Lean Champion support


  • Project duration: 1 – 2 years
  • Company-wide transformation
  • Sustainable programme established
  • Costs > €100k
  • As set by IC – circa 50%

Why Choose ETAC?

ETAC have been helping clients to introduce Lean techniques through training and consultancy since 2006.
Our team are highly qualified and bring a wealth of practical business experience to each programme.
Enterprise Ireland | IDA Programmes