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Eddie Molloy

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Repro Free: Thursday 30th April 2015. The Standards in Public Office Commission has today launched the register of lobbying activity, which will identify to the public who is communicating with Government and senior civil and public servants on public policy matters. Pictured here at the launch of the Lobbying Register was Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Repro Free: Thursday 30th April 2015. The Standards in Public Office Commission has today launched the register of lobbying activity, which will identify to the public who is communicating with Government and senior civil and public servants on public policy matters. Pictured here at the launch of the Lobbying Register was Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

I recently visited an Irish-owned company that makes high spec products for indigenous and overseas food producers. The company employs 200 in what would otherwise be a rural unemployment blackspot. Turnover is €170m. My visit's purpose was to explore how a systematic approach to innovation could drive a doubling of this figure.

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This is a terrific Irish success story and a credit to the people who founded and built up the business. Their achievement is all the greater because, with Ireland's cost structures, it is especially challenging for labour-intensive manufacturing companies to outperform fierce global competition.

So, what is their secret? At the core is a relentless pursuit of productivity gains through continuous process improvement and innovation.

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