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Breaking Brexit

Stop Talking … Start Doing … and lets get ‘Breaking Brexit’! Say we are a small rural business in a sleepy town or village just keeping pace with rural living … chances are Brexit (Britain Exiting the EU) are not top of our day to day business priorities let aloneRead More

I Got Five Years For Agile In Manufacturing

I got 5 years for Agile in Manufacturing

I was reading a LinkedIn post by C Keith Horner in which he ponders the application of the Agile framework in Agile Manufacturing. This post is inspired by pretty much the same inspiration and question that has haunted me for at least the last 5 years as I serve myRead More

Innovate Or Die

Rural Ireland Must … “Innovate Or Die!”

Rural Ireland must … Innovate Or Die!.  This may sound a little over dramatic until you make a connection as I did recently.  I was conducting research for a thought experiment which forms the basis for my masters.  My thesis is framed as a question, “How can lean innovation createRead More

Defining a 'High-Potential SME'

Defining a ‘High-Potential SME’

I am not one for reading notices or advertisements but the following LinkedIn Article grabbed my attention because I perceive myself as Lean/Frugal Collaborative Innovation evangelist.   The article promotes a workshop for SMEs interested in learning more about Horizon 2020 and its value in supporting collaborative innovation between EuropeanRead More

"Be small, think big, and go places”

Be small, think big and go places

It can take all hands on deck in a small organisation to keep the ship a float and on course when battling the many day to day operations. If the organisation employs a very small number, making time and course corrections needed to discover new ideas or explore new islandsRead More

The Battle Cry Goes Out To Small Business To Innovate

Battle cry goes out to small businesses – it’s time to innovate

There are 230,000 small to medium enterprises (SMEs), employing over 900,000 employees in Ireland, returning over 10 billion euros each year to the Irish exchequer (McHugh, 2010). In 2013, the European Commission stated in Europe, over 92% of all enterprises are micro-SMEs and employ fewer than 10 people. Both theRead More