Awards

Lean Business Ireland Awards 2020

By March 12, 2020 No Comments

About the Awards

The Lean Business Ireland Awards 2020 will take place in Citywest Hotel, Dublin on the 8th October. Primarily designed to recognise and celebrate enterprise excellence achievements in Ireland, the award’s ceremony will also be an opportunity to socialise and network with other Continuous Improvement Teams.

Whether a large, medium or small organisation, working in any sector or  a government department; the  Lean Business Ireland Awards are open to organisations that  can demonstrate excellence in their strive towards a competitive  operation and want recognition at a national level for that  journey.

Lean Business Ireland aims to position Ireland as the recognised centre of lean & enterprise excellence globally and this award ceremony will help to showcase how companies are working towards enterprise excellence in Ireland, striving for competitiveness.

Shortlisted entrants will have their national profiles listed just by making the final, while winners will receive coverage in the national media. In addition, the team or individual get to return to their organisation recognised as winners and sharing their journey with others.  There will be a beautifully exclusively designed trophy, which will find pride of place in any reception area for the winning entries.

There is no charge to enter the Lean Business Ireland Awards ceremony, the deadline for entries will be the 31st August 2020. As such, don’t delay in submitting your entry!

Please visit www.lbiawards.com to enter.

We wish all our entrants the best of luck and we look forward to meeting you on the 8th October.

Itinerary/Award Schedule:

  • 6.00pm – Welcome Reception
  • 7.00pm – Award ceremony begins (intro)
  • 8.00pm – Dinner
  • 9.30pm – Award ceremony resumes
  • 11.00pm – Entertainment
  • 1.00am – Evening Ends

Category 1 – Off to the Best Start (Progression towards Efficiency)

1 Award – Small to Medium Sized Enterprise SME (Employment below 250 per site in Ireland)

 

Most Progress Made Toward Organisational Efficiency

The award is open to any small or medium sized company starting on their lean or green journey. Those that have made enough progress to see positive results to the bottom line.

The judges will be particularly impressed by those organisations that made an effort to engage the organisation as much as possible and can show real headway towards efficient and effective practice in either lean or green approach

Entry should be made by written submission supported by visuals such as video or pictures to illustrate progress made, paying particular attention to the criteria below

  • Initiatives undertaken and number of staff involved
  • Number of champions in place
  • Culture improvement initiatives
  • Improvements in work practices including the lean or green practices used
  • Annualised cost savings made
  • Future focus – future projects identified

 

Category 2 – Continuous Improvement Team Effort

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

Team Award for the Team most Driven Toward Continuous Improvement in Their Organisation

This award is open to Continuous Improvement Teams who have driven a programme of CI  across a number of business areas in their organisation.

The judges will want to know what you did, what were the outcomes and how you engaged others in the CI programme.  Additionally, describe how you worked together as a team and how that worked in practice.

You must explain what you have achieved so far and what you hope to achieve in the future. And you need to show evidence of the overall outcomes and impact of your work as a team.

Entry should be made by written submission supported by visuals such as video or pictures to illustrate progress made, paying particular attention to the criteria below:

  • Identified improved working practices
  • Team initiatives identified
  • Team Engagement and commitment
  • Outcomes achieved

 

Category 3 – Lean Business of the Year Award

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

Lean Business of The Year Award

This award is open to any organisation that has implemented a lean strategy designed to reduce inefficiencies, eliminate waste and create a culture of doing things to continuously improve the delivery to the customer

The judges will want to know everything you do in order to achieve your objectives, clearly identifying the culture of a lean approach across all areas of the business.

You must explain what you have achieved so far and what you hope to achieve in the future. The judges will want to see evidence of an overall strategy that sets out your targets and how you plan to achieve them and hard statistics demonstrating year-on-year comparisons.

Entry should be made by written submission supported by visuals such as video or pictures to illustrate progress made, paying particular attention to the criteria below

  • Holistic/organisational approach taken
  • Business growth resulting
  • Improved competitiveness
  • Cultural improvements

 

Category 4 – Delivery of Best Customer Experience

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

Organisation who helped customers reach their specified goals on their Lean Journey

This award is presented to an Organisation who played an Influential role in the Lean Journey of one of their Customers.

  • They must be able to show how they helped a customer reach their specified goals within the time period requested.
  • They must be able to prove the customer examples where thought, planning and execution were to customer satisfaction.

 

Category 5 – Lean Researcher of the Year

1 Award to an individual

Research Award for the Best Contribution to Lean/Operational Excellence Body of Work

This award is open to individuals who have contributed to the research and conclusion drawn about the impact of lean in Ireland.

The judges will be looking for the following types of papers:

  • Empirical papers that report original research work with the objective of demonstrating enterprise excellence approaches in action. These can take the form of Lean, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement initiatives, Cultural changes and Organisational alignment, etc.
  • Interventionist papers that report original research work with the objective of improvements in enterprise performance.
  • Conceptual and critical review papers that either seek to define a research issue and propose a theoretical exposition/explanation capable of empirical testing (e.g., theoretical papers), or draw upon or synthesize existing knowledge to define what is currently known about a topic or issue (e.g., literature review papers, methodological papers) .

Entry should be made by paper submission, paying particular attention to the following:

  • Research & theoretical/practical framing
  • Research context, methodology and analysis
  • Discussion & conclusion
  • Organisational & social Impact

Category 6 – Leading Operational Excellence

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

Lean Business Ireland Award for Leading Operational Excellence

This award is open to leadership teams or an individual that has been a catalyst for major transformational change in their organisation

The judges will want to see overall leadership taken where areas of the business need to be challenged and efficiencies made. You must explain what you have achieved so far and what you hope to achieve in the future. And we need to see evidence of an overall strategy that sets out your targets and how you plan to achieve them. Evidence should be presented of results and effort and how the overall team was engaged to achieve the strategy. The judges need to be convinced that a strong operational excellence culture has been developed.

Entry should be made by written submission supported by visuals such as video or pictures to illustrate progress made, paying particular attention to the criteria below

  • Shows energy and drive
  • Is results orientated
  • Can demonstrate Organisation culture change towards Continuous Improvement
  • Shows Influence
  • Shows an holistic approach to operational excellence

Category 7 – Lean Champion

1 Award to an individual

An individual who played a critical part of an organisation’s lean initiative

This Award is presented to an individual who is the most critical part of an organisation’s lean initiative, providing the knowledge, vision and dedicated focus required to maintain a continuous improvement environment.

This Individual will voluntarily take extraordinary interest in the adoption, implementation, and success of the organisations lean structure

 

Category 8 – Innovation in operational excellence

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

This award goes to an organisation that has shown the most innovative approach to continuous improvement application

This Award is open to any organisation that can show innovative approaches to application of continuous improvement across any part of the business.  This could be in the way they engage with others or the approach taken to address an issue, the use of technology to enhance organisational effectiveness for example

The judges will need to see the following:

  • The rationale and thought process
  • The approach taken and level of innovation used
  • How this was applied
  • What outcome was achieved as a result
  • How sustainable is the innovative approach taken

 

Category 9 – Next Generation Operational Excellence

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

This award will be made to organisations that can demonstrate how they have been investing in their processes or people or products/services to create a ‘fit for the future’ or next generation business.  The more organisational wide and all encompassing the investment being made the higher scores will be achieved.  For smaller companies, incremental investment will be sought.

The judges will be looking for:

  • The plan for investment including the context
  • The delivery mechanisms
  • How people were engaged with – staff and customers if appropriate
  • How this plans links to the strategy of the organisation
  • The impact of the investment both internally and externally
  • How it contributed to the continuous improvement of the overall organisation
  • What new technologies and upskilling were included to create a more agile and resilient organisation

 

Category 10 – Sustainable Supply Chain

2 Awards –         Large organisation (Employment above 250)

                                Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME)

 

Every organisation has a supply chain fundamental to connecting with the end user, customer or buyer.  This award looks at how an organisation applies continuous improvement through the chain.

The judges will be looking for:

  • If and how often an organisation analysis its supply chain
  • Makes amendments/adjustments or invests in it
  • Communicates any changes to the end user/customer
  • Engages the team in the re-design
  • Can calculate the impact for the business
  • Able to identify the impact on the end to end business activity

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