AccountsPLUS are pleased to have been approved by Enterprise Ireland for Inclusion on their Lean Consultants Directory. The Lean Consultants Directory as been put in place to support Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Offer, details below.

Lean Business Offer

Enterprise Ireland has developed a Lean Business Offer which is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean business principles in their organisation to increase performance and competitiveness.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their businesses by building the capability of their people to identify problems and improve operations.

The Lean Business Offer is made up of three levels of support:

  • LeanStart
  • LeanPlus
  • LeanTransform

Each level of support is characterised by increasing levels of capability in implementing Lean business principles and other best practice approaches to drive company awareness, adoption and integration of Lean tools and techniques.


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 a Lean consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment which will;

  • introduce Lean principles and Agile processes,
  • achieve immediate cost reduction targets, and
  • lay 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 €5,000. For more detailed information or to apply.


Companies looking to undertake a Lean project over a medium-term period can apply for LeanPlus grant support from Enterprise Ireland. 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, and
  • 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 €75,000. For more detailed information or to apply.


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 competences necessary for on-going competitiveness gains in the company, and
  • 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 detailed information or to apply, go to LeanTransform.

A recent post on pressed one of my buttons.

It was from a business owner who asked if technology was making his accountant redundant. He pointed out that much of what his accountant offered to do for him was now handled quite well by software. He finished up by asking does he need his accountant and does his accountant need him.

I have been thinking about this lately. A lot depends on what the client wants the accountant to do for him. There’s a range of activities that accountants offer from doing the whole book-keeping work to finalising annual accounts and providing business and taxation advice. In my view, the amount of clients who will want basic book-keeping, the number crunching work, will fall off and the accountants will find themselves providing analysis and advice.

It’s more than likely, that once the clients start to take control of their own accounting records, they will start to look for more help with analysis and advice. Their accounting systems will generate information that they simply didn’t have in the past. This information will prompt questions that they will want answers to. So I think that rather than make the accountant redundant, they will simply change the type of work accountants do.

And, I know which work I get most satisfaction from. It’s helping the business owner by providing analysis and advice.

As always, feel free to leave a comment and if you have any questions, email me at jim (at) accountsplus (dot) ie.