News and Events

Hanna Hats

by Denis Kearney | January 2017

Hanna Hats is a family business based in Donegal town. It is now being managed by Eleanor and Amanda Jane Hanna, the third generation. Hanna produces exclusive hats and caps using the finest Donegal tweed and exports throughout the world. Hanna engaged with futureSME to deliver a Lean Plus programme, which completed late 2016. Key challenges for the company included succession management, embracing on-line direct sales and improving manufacturing practices. Intensive coaching was carried out for the two senior managers and a structure was put in place to reflect a more efficient allocation of responsibilities. The focus within manufacturing was to standardise systems, including revision of work instructions, setting up work standards, upgrading reporting systems and facilitating robust capacity planning. A simplified financial review tool was introduced to monitor costs and performance. The on-line sales process was thoroughly overhauled to make it more effective and customer focused. Quantitative results include a 4% increase in sales, 8% cost savings and 10% improvement in line quality. In addition, key managers were coached to assume greater leadership, significant improvements were made in the management of quality, capacity planning, work standards and performance measurement and the new on-line sales proces was launched. "Hanna Hats is undergoing significant changes as it seeks to streamline its processes while at the same time embedding a new management structure in the company. Lean Plus has helped us to address these issues and we are beginning to see benefits for the company, which we hope will grow as lean becomes entrenched in the organisation." Eleanor Hanna, Managing Director

Gartan Technologies

by Denis Kearney | March 2016

Gartan Technologies, based in Leterkenny, Co Donegal, is a software company specialising in rostering and payroll solutions designed to cut costs, save management time and facilitate more informed strategic management decisions. Gartan completed a Lean Plus project with futureSME in early 2016, with two key objectives: (1) to improve the performance of its software development process and (2) to develop its management team to provide a greater focus on marketing and sales. Intensive coaching was carried out with members of the management team. KPIs were introduced to the organisation. Agile / SCRUM was introduced to the development process. Quantitative results include a 15% increase in sales and an 18% improvement in software development productivity over the project period. Additionally, managers were coached to assume key responsibilities and leadership. "From 2009 we grew quite rapidly over a four year period but that highlighted a need to bring more structure and process to our organisation. The Lean Program was the perfect vehicle for us to do that and we have been enjoying the benefits ever since." Malachi Eastwood, Managing Director

Evalupyme launches futureSME video

by Denis Kearney | May 2015

Check out the new video from Evalupyme about futureSME. Currently available in Spanish only.

Larkin Engineering

by Denis Kearney | April 2015

futureSME client, Larkin Engineering, features in the Irish Times. futureSME carried out a Transformation programme in Larkin in 2014 under the Enterprise Ireland Lean Plus initiative. To find out how Lean Plus can be applied in your company, contact Denis

Leap licenses futureSME

by Denis Kearney | December 2014

Leap Leadership, a leading management and coaching provider across Ireland, is appointed as a licensee for futureSME in Ireland and will use the futureSME Transformation Process as the basis for its business improvement programmes.

Evalupyme licenses futureSME

by Denis Kearney | December 2014

December 2014 - Evalupyme, a leading business support consultancy in Madrid, is appointed exclusive master licensee for futureSME in Spain with access rights also to Latin America.

Shannon Chamber briefing

by Denis Kearney | 14th March 2013

futureSME Ireland is teaming up with Shannon Chamber of Commerce to show organisations in the Shannon region how to strengthen and develop their businesses. This event will be held in the Oakwood Arms in Shannon on Thursday morning, 14th March, with registration starting at 07.45. It will finish at 10.00 and will include a couple of local case histories. The event will be highly interactive and attendees will experience elements of the futureSME Transformation Process. There will be ample time for discussion on how companies can start on the road to transformation. Check out the News section of the Shannon Chamber website.

Galway Bay fm Interview

by Bryan Kearney | 15/01/2013

futureSMEs Denis Kearney and Paul O''Dowd discuss the futureSME programme with Galway Bay fms Keith Finnegan:

futureSME applied in Turkey

by Denis Kearney | 27/11/2012

The futureSME Transformation Process was introduced to a cluster of 6 companies from the show sector in Konya, Turkey during November 2012. All Turkish companies involved were delighted with the process with each developing their shared visions. Dr. Ardawan Lalui will be back in early February to facilitate the second round of the process for each company.

The futureSME Supply Network Shannon Showcase

by Bryan Kearney | Nov 10, 2012

The futureSME Supply Network Shannon Showcase took place on Friday November 2nd in the City Suite of the Strand Hotel. The event was sponsored by Tsunami and futureSME. Denis Kearney presented the results of the futureSME project and outlined a number of initiatives to enable SNS member companies to adopt the transformation process within their businesses. The showcase was the highlight of the SNS year and gave members and potential members the opportunity to network with representatives from multi-nationals, regional & national support organisations, politicians and of course fellow network members. 

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