Lean Business Continuity Voucher

Overview

The Lean Business Continuity Voucher is available to eligible companies to access up to €2,500 in training or advisory services support related to the continued operation of their businesses during the current pandemic. The voucher may be used to obtain services from approved providers (directory list available below).

The services may be in the form of management advice OR training of management or staff within the company or a combination of both.

It is expected that this support would be delivered online in most cases.

The service provided should focus on the Operations of the company in terms of;

  • Crisis response where appropriate,
  • Sustaining Operations including process re-engineering (Lean, etc),
  • Planning for resilience post crisis. 

 

Am I eligible?

The Lean Business Continuity Voucher is open to Enterprise Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta clients as well as domestically focused companies employing 10 or more in the manufacturing or internationally traded service sectors. For further information on eligibility contact your Development Advisor or the Covid-19 Business Response Unit at  businessresponse@enterprise-ireland.com

 

What costs are eligible?

The voucher covers either training or advisory services related to the Operations of the business from an approved service provider up to a value of €2,500. A maximum daily rate of €900 per day shall apply.

It is expected that the support would be provided over a relatively short period but can be spread out over a maximum of 6 weeks.

Eligible activities do not include general consultancy such as market research or project implementation.

Projects must fall into one or more of these categories;

  • Review business strategy in light of changing marketplace/supply-chains & customer needs;
  • Introduce new business practices in order to increase productivity (especially LEAN/Flow);
  • Develop processes for risk assessment and analysis for Business Continuity;
  • Develop working practices for staff safety and wellbeing based on government guidelines;
  • Develop strategy for and/or investigate feasibility of doing business online*.

 *excludes website development or online marketing costs

 

What are the call close dates?

There are no set call close dates.

The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management on a case by case basis.

Note that this scheme is a short-term measure and may be withdrawn once the current emergency period ends.

 

How do I apply?

You should where possible contact your agency advisor in advance of submission as they will be required to approve the application.

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System 

apply here

Note:

  • As part of the application you will need your CRO number.
  • The voucher is only valid for costs incurred after your application is approved and your voucher is registered with an approved Service Provider. 

 

Where can I find a suitable service provider?

Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with IDA Ireland has invited relevant training and consultancy firms to provide services under this scheme based on the Lean Service Providers directory on the Lean Business Ireland website.

A listing of these approved services providers is published on our Service Provider Directory.

A company may only select a service provider from this directory. Applications by other firms to join the directory can be made by emailing businesscontinuityvoucher@enterprise-ireland.com.

Note that any provider delivering services under this scheme must not be a direct or indirect employee or director of the recipient company.

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.

 

Where can I get more information?

For more information, contact your agency advisor or email the Lean & Operational Excellence team in Enterprise Ireland at:

businesscontinuityvoucher@enterprise-ireland.com

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has published a guidance document for businesses outlining preventative measures that can safeguard against the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the risk to business operations in the event of infection.

Enterprise Ireland has developed a webinar to support clients to implement the guidelines. The Enterprise Ireland webinar is designed to be a practical tool that will help businesses understand and apply the NSAI Guidelines to the workplace. Click Here to access

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